Namchi, 27th November(IPR) The Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mr. Anant Kumar Hegde visited Temi Tea Garden today. He was accompained by the Secretary, Ms. C.C Bhutia and the Additional Secretary, Ms. Sunita Pradhan of Skill Development and Capacity Building.
At, the onset Minister Mr. Hedge took a tour of the tea factory wherein Managing Director Ms. Mrinalini Srivastava briefed about the tea making process, the garden’s history and how it received the organic certificate along with the present status of the garden. Ms. Srivastava also explained about the various facets of tea making including that of packaging and marketing the organic tea produce. Thereafter, tea manufacturing consultant Mr. Nalin Modha presented and tasted the variety of organic tea leaves produced at the garden namely Spring, Summer, Monsoon, Autumn, Green and White tea.
The Minister also chaired a meeting which had the participation of budding organic entrepreneur from Sikkim.He highlighted the significance of skill and entrepreneurship which is necessary in today’s changing world. He suggested if needed the Sikkim State Government to aid the entrepreneurs financially along with substantial assistance from the North East Council. He also extended that the entreprenuers should opt for global gap certificate in order to market the products at an international level. Mr. Hedge also implored that Sikkim should come up with vigorous branding of its premium organic products and cited the example of Kerela Government and how they have created a niche for themselves with regards to promoting of their products. He also proposed to form a Temi cluster wherein the emerging local business people can get support and elevation from the Ministry of Skill Development, Sikkim Government and other concerned departments. He also strongly endorsed that Sikkim State Government should boost the handicraft section of the State with aid from the North Eastern Council. The local handicraft vendors and producers should aim to showcase their products at the International Arts and Craft Fair which is supported by world bank.
During the course of meeting the Minister also interacted with the entrepreneurs in which they put forward the various challenges faced by them in terms of marketing their products and sought feedback from the Minister to retail the commodity.