ILAM, Nov 23
Altogether 60 tea industries have been established in the east with an investment of around Rs 4.80 billion with the regular expansion of tea cultivation.
Investment in this sector is increasing by the year due to the enthusiasm of private sector despite the government apathy. These factories opened in Ilam, Jhapa, Panchthar and Dhankuta districts have employed 5,000 persons directly, while more than 20,000 families are dependent on it, according to the Tea and Coffee Development Board. Nine big tea factories have been established in Ilam in the past two years alone, according to the Central Tea Cooperatives Association. Small factories, apart from them, are also opening regularly. One Taragaun Tea Processing Industry was set up in Kanyam-4 just three months ago with an investment of Rs 75 million. The factory has started to process green leaves from this season.
Promoter of the factory Uttam Kumar Pradhan revealed that 6,000 kilograms of tea leaves are being collected a day in the factory that can process 12,000 kilograms of leaves a day. Leaves come to the factory opened in Taragaun from Kanyam, Rambhyang, Fikkal and other areas. The locals have now got over the hassle of having to carry leaves to far away factories paying a high fare with the establishment of factory in the village.