Assam: Tocklai Tea Research Inst launches first homegrown sustainability standard
Tocklai Tea Research Institute

Guwahati: Assam-based Tocklai Tea Research Institute on Wednesday rolled out the first-ever homegrown sustainability certification to recommend practices for climate-resilient tea industry.

The certification, TRA-TOCKLAI GAP-GMP Standard, was launched at the 58th Annual General Meeting of Tea Research Association in Kolkata by Tea Board of India (TBI) chairman Saurav Pahari.

The ‘TRA-TOCKLAI GAP-GMP’ standard, which will be effective from January 1 next year, recognises the challenges faced by the tea industry due to climate change and prescribes climate-resilient practices.

In a statement, the Tocklai Tea Research Institute (TTRI) said that keeping in view the need for research support and continuous innovations, the Tea Research Association (TRA) is integrating its ‘Good Agricultural Practices’ and ‘Good Manufacturing Practices’ in the form of ‘TRA-TOCKLAI GAP-GMP Standard’.

This exercise will be aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and it will help in bringing about transformational change in the Indian tea industry, the statement said.

The strategies will contribute to improving overall farm practices, management systems, and sustainability performance, it said.

The recommended practices such as maintaining healthy soil, conserving water, avoiding deforestation, encouraging afforestation, and protecting natural ecosystems and biodiversity will significantly contribute toward a climate-resilient tea industry, the TTRI said.

Welcoming the development, Tea Association of India’s Assam branch Secretary Dipanjol Deka said, “This is the first homegrown sustainability certification.”

The Tocklai Tea Research Institute of Tea Research Association has been the pioneer R&D organisation globally in the field of tea research and engineering since 1911.

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