It is said, that there used to be a water pipeline sourced from Bhutan. The pipeline was attached to a huge water reservoir at the estate, which was responsible for the supply of water in the estate. The water reservoir is still used for water storage and water supply; even though a new water pump has been installed.The factor that makes Majuli Tea Estate a nature’s paradise is the wildlife and flora found in this region. ‘Maj’ colloquially means ‘in between’; and ‘JULI’ means ‘hanging in between’. Majuli is nestled between two rivers – the Bhorolo River in the east and the Kulshi River in the west. And, that’s how the name Majuli came to be.
The tea estate is located approximately 26 degrees north, 91 degrees east of the meridian and 287 feet above the sea level. It is surrounded by the mighty Himalayan Ranges in the north, the Hattigor Tea Estate in the south, the Ghagra basti in the west and Bhorolo River in the east.
The foundation of this tea estate was laid by James Finlay & Company, in the year 1897. The establishment, later, came under the acquisition of Tata Tea. And finally, the reins of Majuli tea estate, was taken over by Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd.
Sustained efforts over the years bore a handsome fruit in 1998 when, the tea estate listed its highest produce of tea at 11.81 lakh kilograms.
|Mature Area||434.59 hectares|
|Immature Area||25.56 hectares|
|Total Tea Area||467.02 hectares|
|VP Nursery||13.10 hectares|
|Land suitable for planting||1.00 hectares|
|Land used for Bhutan Pipeline||12.40 hectares|
|Land used for Paddy cultivation||10.00 hectares|
|Land occupied for road, building & establishments||109.96 hectares|
|Uprooted Area||6.87 hectares|
|TotalTeaProductionofCTCTea||8 lakh Kilograms|
|Total Estate Area (31-3-2014)||603.81 hectares|
Garden Produce & Production Facility
Majuli, spread across 603.81 hectares has a cultivation area of over 467.02 hectares and a production area that covers 463.15 hectares. The tea estate has the capacity to produce 8 lakh kilograms of CTC tea which is the final product that it has to offer. The CTC Tea is produced in a variety of grades like BOP, BOPSM, B, PF, PD, & D.
In general, it takes 5 years for immature tea to mature. The tea is planted in the month of April and ends by May. The plucking season here begins in March and runs through the year, ending only in December.
Fresh green tea leaves from the garden are plucked and processed in the factory which is located within the estate. The production method of CTC takes place through Withering, Cutting, Fermenting, and Drying. The produce is, then, manually sorted and individually graded. They are then packed separately into PP woven sacks, sealed and marked with hand-rollers using non-porous ink. After a final proper verification of the stitching, quality and marking, the tea is made ready for dispatch.
People Welfare Commitments
Majuli has 915 permanent employees which includes staff members and daily wage workers.
It provides 578 workers quarters, 38 staff quarters and 5 bungalows to accommodate its workforce. Close to the labour colony, there is a hospital which provides them medical treatment as and when they need it. Preventive immunisation for workers as per government protocols are also methodically carried out. The estate has a highly dedicated medical team, lead by Dr. R. K. Ratan and Mr. A. Seal, the designated Welfare Officer. Also, to safeguard their health and hygiene, a proper drainage system is being constructed to remove sewage waste from their quarters.
For the children, the estate runs one primary school, which admits students from Class I to Class V. The total number students enrolled in this school are 116.
A 20 member Mahila mandal and other dedicated link workers committees look into facilitating the community’s participation in different affairs. In the neighbouring villages, the estate organizes various lab to land programs in order to encourage harmonious relationship building among the different residing communities and to uplift the rural poor. The estate distributes potato seeds to the villagers, and also gives out lessons on the cultivation procedure and manure that needs to be applied.
Packed rations are issued to the workers to improve their quality of living. Various rallies, which are educational in nature such as the Anti-alcohol rally, are carried out periodically to create awareness on various lifestyle issues.
There is an Estate Employee Council in place, with a Chairman and representatives from the workers & staff union as members. Every month meetings are organised with the council and the minutes are sent to the Head Office on a monthly basis.
The Majuli Tea Estate has endeavoured to keep its commitments towards protecting the environment and contributing in its own way to sustain nature.
There is provision of electricity at all labour quarters with separate committees looking into the same. In order to conserve electrical energy, solar panels are being used to charge the battery of the power energizer machine. The estate has two solar panel boards looking into the same.
The power fence is being installed to protect the young tea as well as the residence areas from elephant depredation.
Chemical wastes and hospital garbage are disposed on yearly basis through government certified agencies.
Soil analysis is done on a yearly basis at the R&D section of Teok Tea Estate, to recognise the PH level, potassium, organic matters, phosphorus, organic carbon and sulphur in the soil. 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. Various other methods are also carried out at the estate, for the betterment of the soil condition like applying of cow dung in some weak areas.
Certifications & Awards
ISO 22000, SA 8000, Rain Forest Alliance, Trustea & ETP
One elephant killed 2 people near Majuli Tea Estate a few days back. Those people belonged to a nearby village. They were returning from their work.