Training Schedule

Tea Cultivation :

One day on campus training programme on ‘New Planting in Tea’

Agricultural Engineering:
One day on campus training programme on ‘Tea Tasting’

One day on campus training programme on ‘Exotic Vegetable cultivation’

Home Science:
One month on campus training programme on ‘Wool Knitting’

Soil Science & Plant Protection:
One day on campus training programme on ‘Organic farming’

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Tea Board of India is implementing Quality Upgradation Programme for the benefit of small tea growers and manufacturers in Nilgiris through UPASI-KVK.   Since July 2000, small growers are benefited by getting good price for their quality leaves and for made tea;  the sector has even attained a level of receiving awards like Tea Golden leaf India Award (TGLIA) and the women self help group operating in Tea receiving Prestigious Manimegalai award for Best women self Help group in Nilgiris.


QUP through its main components, Field and Factory programmes has established a very strong foundation in the small sector tea industry in Nilgiris for:

- Creating Quality Awareness

- Developing methodologies to adopt quality that starts in the field and ends in the factory.

- Setting up of Small Tea Growers’ Society in villages among the small growers.


Over 40 Small Tea Growers’ Societies have been established in the district through Tea Board UPASI KVK’s Quality Upgradation Programme and these societies are functioning efficiently in the villages by helping the farmers get better price for their teas.  These societies support the small growers on all technical aspects with regard to quality from field in collaboration with UPASI KVK and operate with financial assistance from Tea board. 


The Societies have minimum of 50 growers to maximum of 250 growers who are members from the village. Societies render special services such as collection of green leaf / fine leaf; distributing critical inputs for timely cultural operations in the tea field, also support the growers for their financial requirement with the income generated by the Societies through fine leaf procurement and differential price paid by the factories. Societies largely contribute to socio economic development in the village, which in turn boost the economy of the district.


Quality Upgradation Programme in the span of nine years since July 2000 has witnessed different situations in the Small Sector Tea Industry in the Nilgiris on field and factory aspects as detailed below;


1. Green Leaf price and made tea price declined drastically in the year 2000. Green leaf price which was Rs.18/- a kg  in 1998 came down to Rs.3.75/- a kg and   Made tea price which was Rs.98 a kg  came down to Rs. 28/- a kg in 2000.

2. As a first step the project focused on improvement in field and the growers gradually changed their plucking practice to quality leaf plucking which is two leaf and bud. The factories also simultaneously moved towards procuring quality leaf from the growers and paid better price.

3. The growers and manufacturers were trying to under the need of quality and how they would benefit from it.  The factories on the manufacturing side were working on a more scientific method of manufacture to achieve / retain the quality achieved in the field.

4. Introduction of Quality / fine leaf plucking and differential pricing system facilitated in improving the normal green leaf price and made tea price progressively.    Until the year 2002 green leaf price was Rs.3.75 a kg and Rs.28/- a kg of made Tea.  After evolving the cycle of changes the green leaf and made price at the end of the year 2008 was Rs.11.75 and Rs.65/- a kg respectively.

5. The growers were almost competing to move towards quality on witnessing the benefits at different levels.  The Bought leaf Tea factories introduced Premium brand Teas which fetched minimum of Rs.90/- a kg.

6. A Quality Tea Procurement and Service centre concept was launched by UPASI Krishi Vigyan Kendra under Quality Upgradation Programme with the financial assistance of Tea Board on pilot basis among the popular Women Self Help Groups.

7. This concept made the growers and the manufacturers were interactive and established a loyalty and dependency which strengthened the objective ‘Quality in small Tea sector’.

8. Growers relationship with the Tea factories changed from individual approach to more of a collective approach as a Society. Only three tea factories were supporting the Quality Tea Procurement and Service centres consistently in 2002.  Presently, not less than15 factories are supporting over 30 small Tea growers’ societies.

9. The women pluckers have now become successful entrepreneurs in Tea through Tea Board UPASI KVK’s Small Tea Growers Societies concept. Quality Upgradation Programme  has changed the women Self Help groups from just women self help groups to award wining women self help groups in the district.

10. Out of 100 bought leaf Tea factories 25 factories are consistently producing quality teas. QUP has changed the bought leaf factories from just a bought leaf Tea factory to Tea Golden Leaf India Award (TGLIA) winning bought leaf and Indco Tea Factories since 2005.

11. UPASI Krishi Vigyan Kendra and Tea Board were just institutions imparting training and supporting the small Tea Sector in Nilgiris. Now,  these Institutions are empowering body for the small Tea Sector in the district of Nilgiris.



Eswarar Women Self Help Group of T.Manihatty receiving the Prestigious Manimegalai Award  from the Hon. Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Sri M Karunanidhi during a special function held in Chennai in

October 2008



Mr Ramesh M Bhojarajan, Managing Director of M/s Vigneshwar Tea Factory,  receiving the Prestigious Tea Golden Leaf India Award (TGLIA) from the Hon. Minister, Sri Jairam Ramesh during UPASI Annual conference in

September 2008






No. of Small Tea Growers Societies: 32 in Nilgiris

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