Indian Government suspends several sections of tea act
The Indian Ministry of Commerce has suspended several sections of the 1953 Tea Act, meaning that permission is no longer needed from the Tea Board to grow tea on non-tea land. This will allow for the expansion of estates and mean that the STG segment who have allegedly ignored these provisions will no longer be in violation of the law. There are concerns that this will further contribute to oversupply and put increased pressure on prices.
A committee convened by the ministry met on September 17 to invite opinions from producers and other industry stakeholders.
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