Doke – a Bihar small tea grower’s story
In 1999 Indian Tea Board recognised the need of declaring a certain portion of Bihar adjoining British planted tea of Terai district of Bengal as non-traditional Tea growing Area. Reasons were two fold – to stop the migration of cheap labour to North India and to habitat the dry high lands of this area in absence of irrigation facilities.
Soon some water from Teesta canal became available as the discharge of low head hydro electric substations on this canal and the ensuing irrigation facility solved the twin problems in one shot.
Soon we found the need of recognising the best possible tea making processes to get the best tea qualities by studying the profiles of harvested leaf and some experiments were made and we got the results by 2005 onwards.
Such teas got many awards in Japan, China, America and Australia and encouraged us to do worldwide marketing of these teas on our platform.
From 2010 we got into tea education and this tea picked the best medium to explain the intricacies of harvesting and manufacture.
Socio-economic effects of any agriculture is the main criterion of its success and we always kept this in our mind. We strive to get the best for our workmen.
How a small tea farm of 10 hectares only following organic tea practices be a sustainable unit is a unique theme in our minds and we have brought down the dream on land in these short 20 years.
What we want now is the recognition of administration and political circles of our efforts in solving their problems of poverty, illiteracy and skills development and what best can be achieved by further implementation of government support.