Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha on Saturday released the state-origin Tripureswari premium tea brand to cater to the demand of the local market in a simple ceremony at Civil Secretariat.
Addressing the gathering Dr. Saha stated that his government has undertaken an initiative to export tea to Bangladesh and set up a tea auction center for the state. Tea is one of the oldest industries of Tripura which began its journey in 1916 but made its presence in the market only after BJP led government came to power in 2018.
“At the beginning of the Tripureswari tea brand, Tripura Tea Development Corporation (TTDC) was supplied through ration shops under a public distribution system across the state. The quality of Tripureswari tea has mesmerized the tea lovers that insisted the corporation introduce a premium brand for the retail market,” Saha said.
With the production of 10 lakh kg of processed tea, Tripura becomes the fifth tea-producing state in the country. As many as 54 tea estates including 39 privates have been producing over eight million kg of tea leaf annually but it was not available in the open market, he pointed out adding, “Now, people of the state would get the taste of their own products at an affordable price.”
Tripura has been recognized for its quality tea production and it got a boost under the BJP-IPFT government for the last four and half years. The government is committed to developing the socio-economic condition of the tea workers under the Mukhyamantri Cha Sramik Kalyan scheme, which was launched recently, he said.
The state government has been taking all necessary steps to ensure all the facilities available under various schemes of the central and state government reach the tea workers, the Chief Minister added.