Crops | VOL. 16, ISSUE 95, March-April 2016 |

Small Holders and Bengal’s Tea Industry

Since colonial times, the districts of Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and North Dinajpur are well known for tea cultivation. Traditionally, tea was always grown in estates that were typically more than 10 hectares (ha). However, recent data in the Agricultural Census indicates that small and marginal holdings are increasingly changing their cropping pattern in favour of tea cultivation. It is an outcome of substantial government encouragement to prop-up large tea estates with the produce from small growers. Pattern of tea...

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