Small Tea Growers in India: A Case from West Bengal Region  

Debasish Biswas 
Asst. Professor, Department of Business Administration, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal, India
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Journal of Tea Science Research, 2016, Vol. 6, No. 3   doi: 10.5376/jtsr.2016.06.0003
Received: 20 Oct., 2015    Accepted: 01 Dec., 2015    Published: 13 Jan., 2016
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Biswas D., 2016, Small Tea Growers in India: A Case from West Bengal Region, Journal of Tea Science Research, 6(3): 1-7 (doi: 10.5376/jtsr.2016.06.0003)

Abstract
Small Tea Growers (STG) segment accounts for almost 30% of the total tea production in India. The Tea Board of India defines ‘STG’ as a person who has a tea plantation area of up to 25 acres, but most of them own less than 2 acres of cultivated land. It provides ample avenues for self-employment generation of educated as well as uneducated youths besides engaging themselves into their family responsibilities. The high profitability coupled with the prospect of getting steady income with minimum effort has attracted a large number of youths especially in the rural areas. Furthermore, this can be considered as a key force for economic growth of a region. The tea cultivation on small holding which empowering many people in the rural areas is the green revolution of North Bengal. On the contrary, the small tea growers are also confronting a large number of problems because of some legal pitfalls. Tea growers are deprived of getting benefit from different schemes of the Government. Due to absence of the factory of their own, they are deprived of the real price of the green leaves. In this study a deliberate attempt has been made to showcase the future of the small tea growers by interviewing them. For this purpose, 150 respondents from the district of Jalpaiguri, Coach Behar and North Dinajpore in West Bengal will be chosen by stratified random sampling method. Conclusions and recommendations will be made on the basis of the responses from the respondents.
Keywords
Small tea growers; Self- employment; Economic growth; Empowering; Problems; Futures
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