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Benefit talk for tea growers

24 June 2011

More than 100 small tea growers were apprised about the benefits of using an integrated miniature tea processing plant, developed by the CSIR’s Central Scientific Instrument Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh, in Jorhat today.

The interactive session was organised by the CSIR’s North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST) to reach out to the unorganised small tea growers who are dependent on leaf agents or sub-agents to sell their produce at unfair prices, and to make them aware of the latest technological developments and need for quality enhancement.

The institute’s director, P.G. Rao, said for the benefit of tea growers and manufacturers, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, had been working on grading of tea with regard to its colour, size and aroma using electronic nose and tongue, along with research related to crop protection and allied areas.

“The CSIR-CSIO has initiated the development of environmentally controlled system for obtaining known quality of tea, whereby a planter can optimise the tea manufacturing processes for a particular clone. The machine development aims to simulate the real-time factory process for analysing the quality of tea produced,” he said.

CSIO director Pawan Kapur said the miniature tea automation system had been designed in such a way that it could be layered horizontally or vertically and enlarged according to requirement. “At present, the machine is structured to process 50 kg of plucked leaves to produce 10-12 kg of made tea,” he said…..

Read more: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1110624/jsp/northeast/story_14151230.jsp

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Written by csirindia

June 24, 2011 at 8:37 am

Posted in CSIO, NEIST

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