KOKRAJHAR: In a significant move to help small tea growers of the region scale new heights, a new tea factory named Birhang Tea Industry was inaugurated at Choraikhola near Kokrajhar on Sunday. The new industry was ceremonially inaugurated by MLA of West Kokrajhar, Rabiram Narzary in presence of some entrepreneurs. The new industry is likely to generate jobs for the unemployed youths of the locality. In his speech at the inaugural function, Narzary said the time had come for an industrial revolution in the Bodoland region. The setting up of industries was important for economic development of BTC region, he said, adding that the new factory would provide job opportunities for the local unemployed youths. “Without industrial development, growth of economy is impossible. Assam is still far behind in industrial sector for which its economic growth is also slow,” he said.
Narzary laid emphasis on establishing more industries for pushing economic development to new heights. He said the Bodoland region was witnessing mushrooming of small tea gardens as in Upper Assam and if tea factories were set up, the number of small tea growers would also increase. He also said the new tea industry at Choraikhola in Kokrajhar would give ample opportunity for livelihood to the local people.
“Economic power is the key to becoming a supreme power in the world and America and China are showing the way,” he said, adding that India had also pitched for major economic boost in the country through various ambitious and innovative projects. Rajen Singh, Superintendent of Police (SP), Kokrajhar, said the setting up of the new tea industry at Choraikhola would be an inspiration for small tea growers. He said maintaining quality was of utmost importance as the markets depended on quality products.
The owner of Birhang Tea Industry, Monoranjan Brahma said the industry was set up to cater to the needs of small tea growers of the locality. He said the small tea growers had to face various problems due to lack of factory and on many occasions, the small tea growers were denied standard rate. “They have to sell the green leaves at a low price to the big factories. But now Birhang Tea Industry will buy the locally produced green leaves at a good rate,” he added.