Assam government allows up to 5% of tea plantation land to be used for other purposes
Udalguri: The government of Assam has decided to allow the use of up to 5% of the total area of tea plantations for the promotion of eco-friendly tourism, cultivation of agricultural crops, energy green and livestock.
In an ordinance, the Government of Assam amended the Assam Land Capping Act 1956.
According to the ordinance, “provided that in cases where tea planting is not possible on land permitted to be retained by the Tea Gardens and fallow and unused, such land and estates or any part thereof- These may be used for the following purposes, the promotion of environmentally friendly tea tourism; cultivation of agricultural crops which include cash crops, horticultural crops, floriculture, medicinal plants, agarwood, firewood, sandalwood and bamboo; animal husbandry and fishing; green energy and unconventional energy resources; infrastructure and social services which include wellness centers, schools, colleges, universities, medical institutions, nursing , paramedics, cultural and recreational exhibition centers and government offices which may be set up by Tea Garden Authority or government entity, processing, melan ge and food packaging units.”
It further stated: “Provided further that the land for the aforesaid purposes does not exceed 5% of the total area of the garden.”
“This was our long pending appeal. We welcome this decision by the state government. This will contribute to better economic viability of tea estates,” said Bidyananda Barkakoty, Advisor to the North-Eastern Tea Association (NETA).