Agartala: A quality assessment test conducted by a West Bengal-based Tea broker found that the quality of Tripura tea has improved substantially if compared to the previous years and, hence, getting ready to become a strong contender in the national market, Tripura Tea Development Corporation Chairman (TTDC) Santosh Saha has said.

A team led by Niladri Saha from West Bengal arrived at Tripura and arranged the testing at cooperative society run Durgabari tea estate, located on the outskirts of Agartala city. Tea estate owners from across the state participated in the quality testing camp with their samples.

Speaking on the issue, TTDC Chairman Santosh Saha said, “We are fighting a battle to establish the name of Tripura in the national tea market. A perception was created that Tripura tea is not suitable for regular use. But, after we took over charge of the tea body, the perception has been totally changed. Today, the domestic markets have good demand of the state’s homegrown tea and we are working hard to improve the quality. The changes are visible now.”

On the quality test, he said, tea from Darjeeling and Assam have earned their name in the global market. Today, they have no competition.

“We feel, if we take up the issue of quality tea production seriously, things will certainly change some day. Owners of all the big estates and some small tea growers have come here to see what the outcome of the quality tests are. The tests have revealed that the quality of Tripura Tea has improved. Even in comparison to last year’s production, this year’s production is better in terms of flavor and aroma,” Saha added.   

Saha also pointed out that better quality of product fetches higher prices. “We hope, this year state’s tea will fetch higher prices in the auction markets of Assam and Kolkata,” he added.

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