Nahortoli, as it is known locally, has derived its name from the Nahor trees, which used to provide shade to the travelers in this area. Passersby used to take rest in the shade of these Nahor trees. The word ‘Toli’ means under the tree.
The estate has three divisions. The names of the divisions are, in turn, derived from the trees that were found in the region – Kodom Tree – Kodomoni, Poma Tree – Pomatoli & Nahortoli Divisions.
It was in the year 1919 that the foundation of this tea estate was laid by James Finlay & Company who came all the way from Scotland to Assam. After a span of 64 years, in the March of 1983, the establishment came under the acquisition of Tata Tea. And finally, the reins of the Nahortoli tea estate, was taken over by Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd. in March 2007.
Sustained efforts over the years bore a handsome fruit in 1998 when, the tea estate listed its highest produce of tea, crossing 100 tonne production for the first time, under the exceptional leadership of Mr. V. D. Singh.
|Mature Area||428.67 hectares|
|Immature Area||37.84 hectares|
|Total Tea Area||468.90 hectares|
|VP Nursery||2.49 hectares|
|Area under Fuel tree||5.00 hectares|
|Area not suitable for tea||NA|
|Cultivation Area||468.90 hectares|
|Production Area||468.90 hectares|
|Total Production of CTC Tea||18.31 lakh kilograms|
|Land used for Roads, Drains etc.||24.67 hectares|
|Land used for Paddy cultivation||175.79 hectares|
|Land occupied for building & establishments||117.79 hectares|
|Land used for Aquaculture||NA|
|Total Estate Area||792.15 hectares|
Note of Interest
The Nahortoli tea estate has had a fair share of existence in the pages of history during World War II. The estate served as a transit point for resting and recouping of troops of the allied forces. One of the Estate’s sections is named Airfield, which was used as an airfield, during the British Era as a point of communication.
Garden Produce & Production Facility
Nahortoli, spread across 792.15 hectares has a cultivation area of 468.90 hectares and a production area that covers 468.90 hectares. The tea estate has the capacity to produce 18.31 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
Nahortoli has 1033 permanent employees and, during the peak season, it employs an additional 580 temporary workers.
The estate provides 630 labour quarters to accommodate its workforce. Close to the labour colony, there is a hospital, with the provision for 38 beds, which provides them medical treatment as and when they need it. In addition, there are two dispensaries to provide the much needed support at times of medical requirements. Preventive immunisation for workers as per government protocols are also methodically carried out. The estate has a highly dedicated medical team with 35 years of experience. Also, to safeguard their health and hygiene, scientifically designed drains have been built to remove sewage waste from their quarters
For the children, the estate runs one primary school. A total number of 240 students are currently enrolled here.
In order to get the students and youths prepared for the job market, an educated lady gives out training in the art & craft sector.
Mahila mandals and other dedicated committees look into facilitating the community’s participation in different affairs. In the neighbouring villages, the estate organizes various labs to land programs in order to encourage harmonious relationship building among the different residing communities and to uplift the rural poor.
Packed rations are issued to the workers to improve their quality of living. There are women’s groups and clubs for adolescent girls. These give the members the scope to interact with each other, discuss their problems and create awareness on various lifestyle issues.
The Nahortoli 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.
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. 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.
Regular quality checks are carried out in the factory on an hourly basis by Quality Control department.
Certifications & Awards
SA 8000, ETP & Trustea
State Family Welfare Award 2011
ISO 22000 Certification is under process
The NH 37 Bypass was recently constructed. Covering a total distance of 3500 meters, it runs through Pomatoli & Nahortoli Division.