Pradip Baruah, a chief advisory officer of the Tocklai Tea Research Institute under the Tea Research Association in Tocklai has been nominated to the board of directors of the Uttarakhand Tea Development Board, government of Uttarakhand.

Baruah said that the post was an honorary one and that he would be called on to provide guidance to the nascent tea industry of Uttarakhand.

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“I will be based here but will attend board meetings when required. Basically, my role will be to provide direction to the tea industry there,” he said.

The Uttarakhand Tea Development Board and its constituents are members of the Tea Research Association.

Baruah, who has more than 30 years of experience in the tea industry, has penned several books on tea including, ‘Tea: A Wonder Drink for Health and Wellness,’  and ‘Pioneering Indigenous tea planters of Assam’.

He has also been associated with work on the preservation of germplasm of wild teas.

The more than 100-year-old Tocklai Tea Research Institute, formerly Tocklai Experimental Station, is one of the world’s oldest tea research institutes, set up during the British era.

Smita Bhattacharyya

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