The name Lamabari has been derived from two words; ‘lama’ which is the name given to a Tibetian monk and ‘bari’ which means home. As the local story goes, in ancient times, the lamas had built their dwellings in this area.
The British company, Consolidated Tea & Lands, planted the first tea sapling here in 1919. Initially there was no factory in Lamabari. For processing the produce, tea leaves had to be carried to Dhunseri Tea Estate on bullock carts by crossing the river Rowta.
It was a proud moment for the estate when it listed its record crop in 2003.
|Mature Area||364.5 hectares|
|Immature Area||14.59 hectares|
|Total Tea Area||379.09 hectares|
|Annual production of CTC tea||10 lakh kilograms|
|VP Nursery||1.00 hectares|
|Land used for Seed Bari||10.82 hectares|
|Land Requisitioned /Leased out||370.51 hectares|
|Land used for Roads, Drains etc.||48.95 hectares|
|Land used for Paddy cultivation||84.71 hectares|
|Land occupied for building & establishments||128.71 hectares|
|Land used for Aquaculture||3.42 hectares|
|Total Estate Area||1027.21 hectares|
Note of Interest
The road Orang Rupa, was used by the Army in 1962 during the Chinese invasion of Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh. This important road on the Indo-Chinese border is now being made pucca by the central government.
Garden Produce & Production Facility
The tea estate has the capacity to produce 10 lakh kilograms of CTC tea which is the final product that it has to offer. The plucking season here, begins in March, runs through the rest of the year and ends in December.
Fresh green tea leaves from the garden are plucked and processed in the factory which is located within the estate. The produce is manually sorted and individually graded. They are then packed separately into PP woven sacks, sealed and marked with hand-rollers using non-porous ink.
People Welfare Commitments
The Lamabari Tea Estate has 827 permanent employees and during the peak season, it employs an additional 400 to 500 temporary workers. It provides 537 labour quarters to accommodate its workforce. The company provides electricity to all the labour lines and the power is directly received from APDCL.
To safeguard their health and hygiene, scientifically designed drains have been built to remove sewage from the labour lines.
There is a centrally located hospital close to the labour colonies to take care of their medical needs. The estate also carries out, preventive immunisation for workers as per government protocols.
The estate has a highly dedicated medical team, lead by Dr B.K. Baruah.
The estate runs a primary school along with the 2 government run primary schools. There are 96 students on the estate run school’s attendance roll.
There is a women’s group, a mother’s club, 3 worker’s club and one staff club in addition to mahila mandals that look into facilitating the community’s participation in different affairs.
The estate conducts lab to land programs in the neighbouring villages to create harmonious relationship among the residing communities and to uplift the socially backward inhabitants of the area.
Lamabari Tea Estate has endeavoured to keep its commitments towards protecting the environment and contributing in its own way to sustain nature.
All chemical and hospital waste materials are disposed on a yearly basis to government certified agencies.
Soil analysis is done on a yearly basis at the R&D section of Teok Tea Estate. Manures applied in the plantation are as per their recommendations.The application of bio fertilizers has been implemented to reduce the application of inorganic fertilizers which cause environmental hazards.
Certifications & Awards
SA 8000, ISO 22000, Rain Forest Alliance, Trustea & ETP
Trustea by the Tea Board of India (in process)