KOHIMA, AUGUST 31: Langto Tea Industry, a private enterprise at Sangsa Village in Mon District, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, on August 31.
Minister for Agriculture and Cooperation G Kaito Aye, Minister of Transport, Civil, Aviation, Railways and Land Resources Paiwang Konyak, DC Mon, Thavaseelan K and officials of various Departments attended the inaugural programme.
Rio lauded Paiwang Konyak for taking up the initiative of starting the private tea industry.
Maintaining that all Government-based industries in the State have failed and the few remaining ones are running on deficits, Rio expressed hope that the installation of the industry will not only boost the State’s economy and benefit tea growers but also open up more vistas for the tea industry of Nagaland and eventually lead to generation of more employment opportunities.
He also reminded the farmers/tea growers to be consistent in their work and assured that Nagaland Government will support them.
Also speaking at the programme, Managing Partner of Langto Tea Industry, Sanjib Ghosh informed that the tea industry was conceptualised by the Angh (King) Langto Konyak and his eldest son Minister Paiwang Konyak, for the benefit of small tea growers in the region.
“We have many small scale tea growers at present but lack manufacturing facility, apart from the one which was set up some 10 years ago. And the need for a manufacturing plant was the reason behind the inception of the Langto Tea Industry”, he said.
Ghosh informed that the work to set up the industry started in July 2020, and at present the factory has the capacity of accepting green leaves up to 16,000 kg per day.
He also said that the industry will focus more on quality leaves and quality production so that the factory and the people of the region will be recognised for producing quality tea.
The product of the factory will go to the market under its brand name “Tizit Tea”, he informed.
While the region has over thousands of tea growers, the factory would be associating itself with around 300 tea farmers mostly from Sagsa, Lantang, Tizit and other neighbouring places, he added.
The official also informed that the industry, with around 30 employees, has the capacity to produce 5 lakh kg of tea per year, while the revenue generation will depend on how they are sold in the form of auctions.
Further, he informed that initially it will be auctioned at Guwahati while interested buyers, if any, from the State can also participate.
Sangsa Village is situated 8 km away from Tizit town and is connected via National Highway 702 with Tizit Sub-Division.
(Page News Service)