Farmers on edge as Tea Board delays subsidy disbursals

  • | Thursday | 28th March, 2019

“As small tea farmers don’t get good price for green leaf tea, we could not get enough money by selling the yield. Once we get the funds, we will disperse them to farmers,” he added.Around 45,000 small tea farmers cultivating about a total of one lakh acres in the Nilgiris are registered with the Tea Board. Udhagamandalam: Small tea farmers in the Nilgiris are miffed as the Tea Board of India (south) is yet to disburse subsidies provided under various schemes like setting up sprinklers and pruning of tea plants. I had spent Rs 1.66 lakh and submitted an application seeking subsidy along with the bills in August 2017. They said non-issuance of subsidies for the past two years shows the lethargic attitude of the board.K Murthi, a small tea farmer from Karimora village near Coonoor, said, “As per the guidelines of Tea Board, I had set up sprinklers in my tea garden spread over 1.26 hectares.

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