Sagmootea, as it is known locally, has derived its name from a colloquial term Sagmootha – which originated during the reign of Swargadeo Gadadhar Singha around circa 1800 A.D. There is evidence suggesting that ‘Saag-Moothee’ was earlier known as Sollall-Gohain’s Bari, which in turn finds its origins in a similar land holding owned by a Chieftain called ‘Sollall’. As mentioned, the Sollall-Gohain’s Bari is located on the southern part of the estate.The tea-estate is well-connected by Road, Railway & Air communications. It is 181 kilometres away from the Guwahati Airport & 158 kilometres away from the Jorhat airport.The tea estate is bound by the Seconee Hills in the east; the Bamuni Village in the west; the Seconee Tea Estate in the north; and finally, Borjuri River in the south. One can also view the mighty Karbi Anglong Range of hills in the east.
It was in the year 1875 that the foundation of this tea estate was laid by the Consolidated Tea & lands Co. (India) Ltd. (G.B).
Sustained efforts over the years bore a handsome fruit in 1998 when, the tea estate listed its highest produce of black tea at 12.01 lakh kilograms.
|Mature Area||412.62 hectares|
|Immature Area||24.07 hectares|
|Total Tea Area||436.69 hectares|
|Annual production of CTC tea||10 lakh kilograms|
|VP Nursery||2.00 hectares|
|Area under Seed Bari||0.88 hectares|
|Area not suitable for tea||8.43 hectares|
|Land used for Roads, Drains etc.||45.23 hectares|
|Land used for Paddy cultivation||75.21 hectares|
|Land occupied for building & establishments||50.17 hectares|
|Land used for Shop & Fuel Baris||8.72 hectares|
|Land Under Rehabilitation||5.60 hectares|
|Total Tea Production||10.06 lakh kilograms|
|Total Estate Area||623.93 hectares|
Garden Produce & Production Facility
Sagmootea, spread across 623.93 hectares has a cultivation area of 442.29 hectares and a production area that covers 436.69 hectares. The tea estate has the capacity to produce 40 lakh kilograms of green leaves and 9 lakh kilograms of finished black tea, which are the final products 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.
The estate produced CTC Teas are branded as Sagmootea, where the leaves used, have been plucked from the estate’s own garden; and, it is branded as Hatbor, when the leaves are bought.
People Welfare Commitments
Sagmootea has 900 direct employees and, a support employee roster of 1100 workers.
It provides 505 pucca labour quarters & 9 kutcha quarters to accommodate its workforce. Close to the labour colony, there is a hospital, with 34 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. Furthermore, for better treatment, extreme cases are referred to the higher Civil Hospital or a referral hospital – Chubwa, as deemed fit. The estate has a highly dedicated medical team lead by Dr. K. Borah. 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, with three teachers who look into the matters of education of the children. 131 students are now enrolled in this school. Adult Education Centres have also been set up at the estate.
Mahila mandals and other dedicated committees, such as the Asha & Angadwadi Workers, 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. There are Women Self-Help Groups such as Dipsikha & Swarnajyoti which work fervidly towards the betterment & upliftment of women.
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.
Several Sports Clubs and Associations, such as Uday Sports Club & Shubajyoti Club, work towards the development of the community.
Disaster Relief Programs have been designed to provide the knowledge, tools, and support that the workers need to plan and implement effective natural calamity mitigation strategies. An Emergency Preparedness Team has been appointed for the same. Also, for the convenience of those residing in the estate, important numbers have been put on display.
The Sagmootea 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 in 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.
Certifications & Awards
ISO 22000, SA 8000, Rain Forest Alliance, Trustea & ETP