The Batabari Tea Estate owes its name to the houses that are found in this region. They were known as ‘KUTCHS’. The structure of these houses was made of a particular bamboo species known as – ‘Bata’.
The total area of the Batabari tea estate is 487.59 hectares. 298.50 hectares is the allotted tea area for Batabari Tea Estate.
The origin of this tea estate dates back to the year 1925. In 1995, the establishment came under the acquisition of Tata Tea. Eventually, the control of this estate was handed over to Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd. in 2008.
Sustained efforts over the years bore a handsome fruit in 2009 when, the tea estate listed its highest produce, crossing the production limit of 650 tonne.
|Mature Area||275.05 hectares|
|Immature Area||23.45 hectares|
|Total Tea Area||298.50 hectares|
|Total Production of CTC Tea||6.50 lakh kilograms|
|Area under Seed Bari||1.06 hectares|
|Area not suitable for tea||3.39 hectares|
|Area under VP Compound||2.62 hectares|
|Land used for Roads, Drains etc.||18.63 hectares|
|Land used for Paddy cultivation||54.02 hectares|
|Land occupied for building & establishments||23.00 hectares|
|Land used for Aquaculture||NIL|
|Land under possession but not included under lease||11.82 hectares|
|Land occupied by Basti People||74.55 hectares|
|Total Tea Production||6.45 lakh Kilograms|
|Total Estate Area||487.59 hectares|
Garden Produce & Production Facility
Batabari, spread across 487.59 hectares, has a cultivation and production area 298.50 hectares. The tea estate has the capacity to produce 6.50 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 undergoes the process of fermentation; which is, then dried and finally, sorted. They are then packed separately into PP woven sacks, sealed and marked with hand-rollers using non-porous ink.
People Welfare Commitments
Teok has 1530 permanent employees and, during the peak season, it employs an additional 350 temporary workers.
A total of 446 labour quarters have been provided by the company, to the entire workforce. Close to the labour colony, there is a hospital, with 25 beds, which provides them medical treatment as and when they need it. Preventive immunisation for workers as per government protocols are also methodically carried out. A Government Sub-Centre is situated within the premises of the hospital which undertakes various procedures such as immunization, maternity, vasectomy and tubectomy. The estate has a highly dedicated medical team lead by an experienced doctor with the additional help of a welfare officer.
To safeguard their health and hygiene, latrines and bathing enclosures have been provided at each of the labour quarters. The ring wells, which have been provided for water supply at the labour quarters, are cleaned regularly. Bleaching powder is applied periodically for chlorination, in order to kill germs and ensure cleanliness. The Labour Lines and drains are cleaned on regular basis. King fog spraying is also done to control mosquito borne diseases.
For the children, the estate has a government run primary school that is located near the Labour club, with three government paid teachers and a student count of 62.
The Estate Employee Council, comprising of 14 male & 14 female members, together with Mahila mandals, which consists of 10 members and other dedicated 10 member Link Committee, looks 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.
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 Batabari 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. The multi-metering system that was introduced has helped in keeping the process of electricity provision in the area seamless and hassle-free. The bungalows and staff quarters are provided with electricity. The electricity in these places is provided by the estate factory.
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
ISO 22000 – 2005, SA 8000 & Trustea