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The whole garden is divided into two broad divisions namely 'Main' and 'Out' and various sub-sections. The divisions are under the direct control of two management staffs each. Beautification of the property and garden is of prime concern to all people.

Utmost care is taken to ensure that a very good plucking standard is maintained and that the average plucking round should not exceed 7-8 days. The average yield of Debpara is 1900 kgs/hectare. The management is taking all possible drives to increase the yield by taking massive infilling, replanting and rejuvenation pruning activities. We plan to increase the yield of Debpara to 2500 kgs/hectare by 2008 and increase it further in the subsequent years.

The whole garden is under good shade cover and also a proper drainage system is maintained.

The young tea is nurtured like the way an infant is looked after by the mother. 5-6 doses of manure is applied and a special batch of people are on their toes for young tea maintenance. Also a whole time managerial staff Is appointed to look after young tea and plantation activities of the garden.

Plantation activities of allied products are also under consideration. We are looking into prospects of planting medicinal plants, vanilla, citronella, bamboo etc. If feasible, these projects will be taken up in the very near future.

 
 

 

Process: The tea making process of Crush, Tear and Curl (CTC) is both an art and science. It is a long process from plucking to packing. Quality tea is made out of two-leaf-and-a-bud plucked from the bush and carefully brought to the factory. They are weighed with lot of care so that they are not spoiled in the process. Then spread over withering troughs (beds) for removing the moisture from the green tea leaves. This is a 16 hour-long physical and chemical process. The estate is equipped with sufficient troughs to wither up to 35,000 kgs of fresh green tea leaves.

After withering the leaves are sent to the CTC machines through overhead mechanical conveyors (monorail system). In the CTC machines they are crushed into smaller particles after passing through 4 rollers. Then in the googies they take the ball shape and finally pass through the string ball extractors, commonly known as 'santoor'. Debpara has 3 CTC machines, 3 googies and 2 santoors.

After the ball formation they are taken to the fermenting room for oxidation. Generally the material is either passed through mechanical fermenting machines or spread in the floor over polished and epilux painted floor for manual oxidation. The fermentation process generally extends between 40-80 minutes, depending on the temperature. The room should be very cool and proper regulated temperature should be maintained. The garden has 2 fermenting machines and a floor space of 1600 sq. ft. for manual fermentation. The raw material is then taken to the driers where the moisture is removed from the fermented leaf. Its colour turns from coppery red to black and the process of fermentation is arrested. In this process, the fermented leaf is passed through driers under high-fired regulated temperatures. Debpara has 3 coal fired driers and 1 furnace oil fired drier. Out of three coal-fired driers, one is a latest VFB-D model drier.

The manufacturing process is now complete and the tea is fetched from the drier mouth and sent to the sorting room. Made tea is sorted in to various grades and packed in jute boeing bags / wooden chests for dispatch.

 
 
 

The factory is equipped with one general purpose lathe machine and all attachments. Specially trained mechanics and experts do most of the roller sharpening work internally. Even outside job work is given to quality-oriented workshops. The estate has a boiler for washing the complete factory machinery and remove bacteria concentration and a high speed HTP machine for cleaning the floor. All the machineries are annually overhauled thoroughly and checked for any disturbances. For any breakdown and repairs the factory has in-house technicians who efficiently rectify the problem and support the production function.

A transformer of 499 KVA rating is installed for bulk line to the factory and another two more transformers are installed to distribute power to the labour line and establishment.

The factory is fully equipped with power back up. Several Diesel Generating Sets are installed to take care ofany powerfailure.

KirlorskarMann310KVA -1 Nos.
Greaves MWM 170 KVA -1 Nos.
Ruston YDA 100 KVA -3 Nos.
Ruston YDA 70 KVA -1 Nos.

An annual maintenance contract is also signed for many machinery and equipment in order to ensure smooth running of the garden.

 
 
 

Debpara is a versatile marketer. Its long experience and ready infrastructure in marketing and distribution enable it to widen and strengthen it's links with both consumers and producers alike, as a spring board for an infinity of trades. It's tea product mix is supported by high quality packaging, merchandising and focused promotion in all the right places. Making firm friends with a widening consumer base, domestic and global, with the promise of fresh pastures for tomorrow!

Last few years have been very bad for the Indian Tea industry as a whole but we recall what Late G.D. Birla remarked as early as 1947, 'Any fool can establish business when there is a boom. But it is during a period of depression that one's ability to establish and run a business is really tested 1 therefore appeal to businessmen not to be disheartened but to learn to take risks.'

 
 
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