2021, Volume 24, Paper 8
The Assam Tea Value Chain: The Need for Better Information Flows
Lakshay Nagpal – Postgraduate student, Global Centre for Food and Resources, University of Adelaide.
Tea cultivation is part and parcel of Assam’s economy. This paper uses Value Chain Analysis as a tool to study the tea industry in Assam. The main purposes are to map the existing tea value chain, identify the main drivers of profit and use various indicators to assess the performance of the tea value chain. A detailed review of major constraints in the industry and problems faced by various stakeholders in the chain is conducted. Various recommendations and points of intervention to enhance efficiency, productivity and responsiveness are discussed.
Key words: Value Chain Analysis, Assam, tea estates, auction, made tea, plantation labour