With the view to enhance tea quality and to promote South Indian teas, the Tea Board of India, together with UPASI, runs an annual quality competition called the Golden Leaf Award.
The latter are a small seasonal harvest from the China cultivar CR6017, listed as UPASI recommended high quality clonal variety for South India.
The tea samples were excellent, a sign the improvement program of the UPASI
(United Planters Association of South India) is on the right track.
Vadera, the immediate past president of the UPASI
(United Planters' Association of Southern India), and Mr.
This correspondent feels that, under the leadership of Krishna Kumar, president of UPASI
(and vice chairman of Tata Tea) the industry is adequately alert, when he calls for a change in the marketing system that has been in vogue in the country for the last 50 years.
cited factors such as low production, discriminative taxation and growing indebtedness and financial distress among small coffee growers as being responsible for the crisis.