The Tea Board would select four small tea growers from Sonitpur district this year for a tour to Kenya for undergoing training there.
The announcement was made by Tea Board chairman MGVK Bhanu who was attending the small tea growers convention in Tezpur on Saturday.
He also attended technical session on various aspects of leaf handling and transportation, plucking and tipping, pruning and young tea upbringing, etc by experts from AAU, TRA and Tea Board. Self Help Groups of Dibrugarh, Nagaon, Dhekiajuli also shared their experiences in the interactive session.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi distributed financial assistance to the Scheduled Caste small tea growers under Board’s special scheme for 2011-12 and also unveiled the small tea growers’ hand book. Union Minister for DoNER, Paban Singh Ghatowar unveiled the small tea growers wall hang out. The Deputy Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly, Bhimananda Tanti inaugurated the website of the Tea Board’s North East Zonal Office at the function.