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Downgrading of Darjeeling tea gardens invites growers' ire

Downgrade disregards GI tag given to Darjeeling tea, which is known internationally for its aroma

Avishek Rakshit  |  Kolkata 

The Tea Board of India is in the firing line again, this time with the industry expressing its ire over a tea garden gradation system it recently undertook. According to its new grading, given for the first time, tea gardens in Darjeeling in Eastern India have been given a lower grade than others. This has not been received well by tea gardens, as Darjeeling tea has a GI tag issued by the Geographical Indications Registry (GIR) and is known internationally for its aroma. In the course of grading 1,413 tea gardens across India, which the Tea Board recognises, not a single ...

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First Published: Sat, March 11 2017. 19:00 IST
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