Palampur: Himachal Pradesh Patent Information Centre under State Council for Science, Technology & Environment, HP is organizing a one day awareness workshop on Kangra Tea, Geographical Indication on 24th March, 2017 at Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT), CSIR, Palampur. The workshop will be inaugurated by Shri Brij Behari Lal Butail, Hon’ble speaker, H.P. Vidhan Sabha. The workshop is likely to be attended by 100 Tea groweres/producers/traders in and around Palampur.
Sh. Kunal Satyarthi, Joint Member Secretary, State Council for Science, Technology & Environment, H.P., Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Director, IHBT, Sh. Anupam Dass, Deputy Director, Tea Board of India at Palampur and Sh. D.S. Kanwar, Technical Officer (Tea) would be present on this occasion and would participate in the deliberations during the workshop.
Sh. J.L.Butail, Chairman Cooperative Tea Factory, Palampur, Thakur Suriedner Singh, President Kangra Small Tea Planters Association, and other Kangra Tea Growers would be attending the workshop on behalf of Kangra small tea planters association. Dr. Ashu Gulati, Dr. R.K. Sood, Sh. D.S. Kanwar and Sh. Anupam Dass will make detailed presentations on the different issues and challenges regarding Kangra Tea.
The issue of Authorised usership of Kangra Tea, GI, Marketing opportunity for Kangra Tea and other similar issues will be discussed during the workshop. During the British period the Kangra Tea was exported to London and Amsterdem. It had earned good name and fame in world markets. However, the recent loss of interest of the Tea growers in the production of Kangra Tea is a matter of concern and requires the desired impetus.
The workshop is expected to evolve strategy to regenerate and rejuvenate the lost glory of Kangra Tea, especially with the increased usage of Geographical Indication.