ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Tea Smallholdings in Assam

With the declining competitiveness of tea estates, smallholdings have emerged as a major producer of tea in Assam. Yet despite higher productivity and lower outsourced labour costs, and regardless of market conditions, tea smallholdings remain at the mercy of estate processing factories in price determination. The Sri Lankan model of price fi xation and regulatory support can prove useful in this sector, but the current acreage defi nition for smallholdings needs to be lowered.

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