The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry for implementation of the “Tea Development and Promotion Scheme” through the Tea Board during the 12th Plan (2012-13 to 2016-17).
The cabinet which met on December 10 has approved the scheme with a project outlay of Rs 1425 crore during the five year period of the 12th plan. As per the scheme the amount will be used under different components such as Plantation Development (Rs 400 crore), Quality Up-gradation and Product Diversification Including Orthodox Production (Rs 350 crore), Market promotion (Rs 200 crore), Research and Development (Rs 150 crore), Human Resource Development (Rs 100 crore), Development of Small holding (Rs 200 crore), and National Programme of Tea Regulation (Rs 25 crore).
The scheme is aimed at supporting development of improved varieties and technologies for increasing production, productivity and quality of tea, promoting Indian tea in the overseas and domestic markets and encouraging value addition for the purpose of higher unit value realisation of tea produced and marketed.
Spending on tea & health
According to reports the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition featured 11 new studies highlighting the many ways in which tea can supposedly improve our well-being. The research was originally presented at an entire symposium devoted to Tea and Human Health, held in Washington, DC last year.
A few of the highlights of the symposium include Tea drinking appears to lower the risk for heart disease and stroke; Natural compounds called polyphenols in green tea might protect against several cancers, including those of the prostate, GI tract, lungs, breast, and skin; Caffeine and antioxidants called catechins found in green, oolong, and white teas may increase metabolism and promote weight loss; Tea polyphenols are thought to strengthen bones and protect against fractures and People who drink tea could see improvements in mood, concentration, and performance.
Looking at the facts the Tea Board need to support studies on health and tea so that any benefits can be looked upon and could be used to promote tea drinking in the country.