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Sale of Darjeeling Tea affected by illegal influx of Nepal Tea

Posted on : 07 Jan 2020

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  • The legal and illegal influx of cheaper Darjeeling- type tea leaves from Nepal is stealing the business and glory of the original Darjeeling brew.
  • Although Darjeeling produces less than 1% of India’s total tea output, it is the torch-bearer of Indian tea for its unmatched quality.
  • The Nepalese tea estates enjoy all four climatic factors — sunshine, rainfall, elevation and the mist — which has helped the Darjeeling gardens produce the iconic leaves.
  • According to Darjeeling Tea Association (DTA), approximately three million kilograms of Nepal tea enter India each year.
  • This high quantity of deceptively similar-looking but cheaper variety is passed off as GI-registered Darjeeling to unsuspecting Indian and overseas consumers.
  • The porous border is paving the way for this inferior tea to flood the Indian market although the tea distribution and export control order makes it mandatory to register any imports with the Tea Board.
  • Also the Geographical Indication (GI) requirement of percentage of Darjeeling tea in the blend has made some packers turn to Nepal teas which have been branded as Himalayan teas.
  • The Indo-Nepal Free Trade Agreement empowers any trader to legally import tea from Nepal. But selling it in India or abroad in the name of Darjeeling tea is an infringement of intellectual property rights (IPR).

Article Related Questions

  1. With reference to Darjeeling Tea consider the following statements
    1.The illegal influx of cheaper Darjeeling- type tea leaves from Nepal is stealing the business and glory of the original Darjeeling brew.
    2.Darjeeling tea was the first GI tagged product in India.
    Which of the following statement is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 only

    2.2 only

    3.Both 1 and 2

    4.Neither 1 nor 2

    Right Ans : Both 1 and 2


  3. The 1857 Uprising was the culmination of the recurrent big and small local rebellions that occured in the preceding hundred years of British Rule. Elucidate (Answer in 150 words) - 2019 Mains


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