Tea Industry in KangraHimachal Pradesh is a beautiful state famous for its scenic landscapes, slopes covered in pine trees, deep gorges, bubbling streams and many other natural beauties around. Kangra is a big district in Himachal Pradesh famous for its unique tea industry. It is considered so as the tea bushes are exclusively china hybrid or china variety.
History of Tea Industry in Kangra
After the disaster tea industry was seen as a cottage industry. It was not an organized industry any more. Laborers were hard to find. Most of the plucking was done by laborers hired from the plains. Due to low yields and low productivity, the owners of land started diversifying their cultivation and they had started growing potatoes, and rice and tea was considered more of a side income.
Revival of Tea Industry in Kangra
With all the efforts many positive changes came and the tea industry once again started reviving. The leasing of Sidhbari co-op tea factory to A.K. Singh, who was a successful tea entrepreneur caused a turn around, and once again the operations have started successfully. Professional guidance has been provided to the tea puckers. High quality of green leaf, exercising quality control during the various processes and developing of markets for the end product have turned the fate of the tea industry in Kangra. Now Kangra tea is once again exported to various international markets like USA. Similarly many other private tea enterprises like Wah Tea Estate, Dharamsala Tea Company etc have developed and by using latest technology, expert supervision and good quality control, the tea industry has started flourishing once again.
Speciality of the Tea Manufactured in Kangra
Kangra tea is mostly considered organic as the method of cultivation is traditional and the tea is produced in an orthodox manner making it organic by default. Most of the growers in Kangra belong to third generation planters. They have tried to keep the process that was followed initially like the process of hand rolling of tea alive. Green tea is still produced by pan roasting method as well as by steam and after that it is patiently handcrafted.
The tea region in Kangra has a rustic charm and carries great potential for further development. So Come and Visit Kangra and its Tea Industry!!!