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Tea Board to form 400 SHGs

P. S. Sundar Coonoor | Updated on June 29, 2013

Tea Board has decided to form 400 Self Help Groups (SHGs) of growers annually to channelise the smooth flow of funds amounting to Rs 200 crore earmarked for small grower development till March 31, 2017.

“The Board prefers to channelise funds through SHGs but had proposed to form only 75 SHGs annually. Contending at the Board meeting held in Valparai on Tuesday that this could benefit only 3,750 small growers out of the nearly two lakh growers in the country, we have got the Board approval for forming 400 SHGs annually,” Tea Board Vice-Chairman Koshy Baby told Business Line.

“However, to overcome the drought impact, Finance Ministry has allowed even individuals, besides SHGs, to benefit from the 40 per cent subsidy on the cost of investment on irrigation facilities including tube well, check dam, sprinkler and drip irrigation. This is part of the Rs 200-crore package,” Tea Board member S. Ramu said.

“We have suggested to the Board to launch a special programme for training and demonstration for small growers and loan-cum-subsidy scheme for setting up processing units by SHGs. We asked for employing the required number of qualifies fresh hands and not engage retired persons as advisers,” Board member Samir Rai added.

Published on June 29, 2013

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