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The Indian Tea Association hails the decision of the Govt of Bengal to allow skiffing; 15% of the workforce to be rotated

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Kolkata: On Friday, the Indian Tea Association (ITA) hailed the decision of the West Bengal government to allow 15 percent of the labor force to rotate to cut the old leaves in the gardens.
The government has permitted skiffing, deploying 15 percent of the daily workforce at a time while maintaining social distancing standards and proper hygiene.
“We welcome the state government’s move. Let there be a start. Production will begin as plucking time comes,” ITA Secretary-General Arijit Raha told PTI.
Skiffing is the process of cutting older leaves so new ones can grow, Raha said.
All of West Bengal’s tea gardens are locked after the lockdown began on April 25.
Binod Mohan, president of the Darjeeling Tea Association (DTA), said the government is moving step by step to allow the tea gardens to operate.
“We welcome the move by the government to require 15 percent of the workforce on a rotational basis,” Mohan said. “This is relevant given the safety issues faced by the workers.
Chairman of Chamong Tea A Lohia said the order would be more important for the Dooars and Terai gardens, and not for the Darjeeling gardens.
He said Darjeeling is going through peak flushing time, and skiffing there is going on in May. He added that the first flush is totally lost.

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