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Assam: Aaranyak trains Karbi women, students to make handmade tea

The training held at the Community Resource Centre (CRC) in Chandrising Rongpi village of Kohora was attended by a total of 15 women.........

GUWAHATI-  A two-day training and orientation programme on handmade tea preparation was organised by region’s premier biodiversity conservation organisation Aaranyak in Kohora, Karbi Anglong of Assam, from June 9-10.

The training held at the Community Resource Centre (CRC) in Chandrising Rongpi village of Kohora was attended by a total of 15 women from six villages in the Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong Landscape (KKL), and also 12 interested students from the local Chandrasing Rongpi Memorial High School (CRMHS).

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The training was mainly focused on the processing of handmade tea and provided orientation to the local women groups under Alternative Sustainable Livelihood (ASL) initiatives by Aaranyak (www.aaranyak.org) in the landscape.

Mina Tokbipi, a local entrepreneur from Englepathar village, was invited as the trainer, and she provided the hands-on training and orientation on handmade tea processing, which includes two types of tea — green tea and Orthodox tea.

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She meticulously trained on the steps involved, starting from plucking the tender tea leaves to boiling them, hand-withering them, and drying them out in the sun. Participants were taught every step of the process to ensure the highest quality and flavour.

Participants gained invaluable knowledge and hands-on experience in tea making, honing their skills in producing both orthodox and green tea varieties during the workshop. The in-depth training, coupled with a practical approach, was warmly welcomed by the participants, who appreciated the opportunity to enhance their expertise. This training session has marked a significant stride towards elevating the quality and diversity of tea production in our region.

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Overall, the tea training was coordinated by Aaranyak’s Joshna Terangpi and Sarlongjon Teron along with other team members from Aaranyak. Swapan Nath, School teacher of CRMHS also present to support our team.

Aaranyak is committed towards conservation of biodiversity, ecosystem and supporting the indigenous communities through Alternative Sustainable Livelihood activities, education and awareness programmes  residing in Kaziranga- Karbi Anglong Landscape and Manas Landscape. The whole initiative is supported by IUCN, Kfw.

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