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Indian Tea Association hails Bengal govt’s decision to allow skiffing

Indian Tea Association hails Bengal govt’s decision to allow skiffing
April 10
14:24 2020

The Indian Tea Association (ITA) on Friday hailed the West Bengal government’s decision to allow 15 per cent of labour force to work on a rotational basis to cut the old leaves at the gardens.

The government allowed skiffing, deploying 15 per cent of the regular workforce at a time maintaining social distancing norms and proper hygiene.

“We welcome the move of the state government. Let there be a start. Production has to start as plucking time is coming,” ITA’s secretary-general Arijit Raha told PTI.

Skiffing, Raha said, is the process of cutting older leaves so that new ones can grow.

All the tea gardens in West Bengal are shut since the lockdown started on April 25.

Chairman of Darjeeling Tea Association (DTA) Binod Mohan said that the government is going step by step to allow the tea gardens to function.

“We welcome the government’s move of allowing 15 per cent of the workforce on a rotational basis. This is important keeping in mind the safety issues of labourers,” Mohan said.

Chairman of Chamong Tea A Lohia said the order would be more significant for the gardens in Dooars and Terai, and not for those in Darjeeling.

He said Darjeeling is passing through peak flushing period and skiffing there takes place in May.

The first flush is totally lost, he added.

Source: The Week

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