NETA celebrates 40 years of service to tea industry in Golaghat
NETA celebrated its 40 years of glorious service to the Tea Industry of Assam, on Sunday, at its auditorium in Golaghat.
GOLAGHAT: NETA celebrated its 40 years of glorious service to the Tea Industry of Assam, on Sunday, at its auditorium in Golaghat. North Eastern Tea Association was established on June 9, 1981 by holding its formation meeting at Golaghat which was attended by 11 tea estates, and now NETA has grown to a strong force with 163 member tea companies across North East, with collective annual production of 102 million kgs of tea, stated a press release.
The meeting was graced by Agriculture Minister Atul Bora as a chief guest, Member of Parliament Kamakhya Prasad Tasa as guest of honour and TRA Director Dr. AK Barooah.
A Shraddhanjali was offered to all deceased chairmen, vice chairmen by lighting the lamp and offering floral tributes. Their spouses too were felicitated. All past chairmen and founder member companies were felicitated with mementoes, by Bora and Tasa.
NETA Chairman, Sunil Jallan, elaborated the achievements of NETA and the contribution of founder members in reaching this milestone. Bora and Tasa jointly released a Logo of NETA's 40 glorious years.
Bora, conveyed the measures taken by him to curb shortage of fertilizers faced by tea gardens. He emphasized on alternative cropping like, palm, horticulture, and assured support from his ministry. He heartily requested Tasa to take up the matter of declaring tea as the national drink of India.
Tasa, stated that after 2 years, Assam Tea Industry will celebrate 200 years, thus, appealed all stakeholders to bring back the glory of Assam Tea, emphasising on quality tea as the mantra.
He cited that focus of the government and tea companies should be towards increasing domestic consumption by promotion campaigns, tea lounge chains etc. He highlighted that COVID-19 could not cause havoc among the workers of tea gardens, because of the health benefits and immunity boosting properties of Assam tea, which is largely consumed by them several times a day.