2018.11.19 News【The Telegraph】Assam tea to add flavour to India-Taiwan ties
Guwahati: Madhujya Gogoi, a young tea farmer; is looking forward to the visit of a delegation from Taiwan to serve them Assam tea made by a Taiwanese machine.
“The best thing about these machines are they are highly efficient and power saving. They run on a 220-volt single-phase line and I also run them on a double battery-powered inverter backup,” Gogoi told The Telegraph.
His farm is known as Chah Bari in Sivasagar district of Upper Assam. He makes orthodox black tea and green tea.
Gogoi’s love for tea found him in Taiwan from where he bought a rolling table and other machines in 2017.
“I would like to get more expertise from the Taiwanese experts. I would like to have a buy back arrangement,” he said.
Professor Chien-The Chen from the National Chung Hsing University (NCHU), Taichung, is leading a delegation of five reseachers from Taiwan to Jorhat in Assam. The delegation is reaching Jorhat on Tuesday and would be in Assam till Friday.
Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman of ITT Guwahati who is local resource person and facilitator of the visit, said this was the third visit from the Taiwan delegation and is a follow-up from the tea delegation visit from Assam to NCHU Taiwan last month. “This will solidify the tea partnership between Taiwan and Assam,” he said.
During the visit to Jorhat, the tea delegation from Taiwan will visit the Tocklai Tea Research Station and have meeting with officials led by Pradip Baruah and also visit tea gardens led by Raj Barooah and Madhurjya Gogoi, in Sonari and around Jorhat. “This exchange of research delegation will add more strength to the cooperation between India and Taiwan. The international Cooperation Office of the National Chung Hsing University, under Professor Mumin Chen, has taken the tea sector in India as a priority within Taiwan’s New South-bound Univeristy and India’s Act East Policy,” he said.
“Discussion will be held on the possibility of holding joint workshops in the future in Assam on tea processing and marketing in initiatives,” he added.
He said he was also trying to initiate discussions in collaboration with Raj Barooah, to promote sustainable tea tourism in Assam, which is community-based and led by small tea growers and indigenous practices of tea making and processing in Assam, and learn from Taiwan on this aspect, and collaborate in the future.
“A holistic approach on this will bring many benefits to the tea sector in Assam,” he said.