About TRA

About TRA

The birth of the Tea Research Association, in collaboration with Tocklai Experimental Station and the Indian tea Association, was a milestone in the history of the tea insustry. For the first time, the art of making good tea had the advantages of science, research and development. Thus began the TRA’s journey of improving the cycle of tea. Its activities include breeding improved strains of the crop using biotechnology, setting up laboratories, ensuring quality, prescribing good garden practices, predicting weather through satellite imaging and a host of functions which offer a holistic view of tea. Constant upgradation of knowledge and information keeps the Association abreast with international agricultural standards. Today, TRA’s expertise and know-how is regularly sought by the tea growing regions of the world.

The organisation undertakes basic and applied research on tea cultivation and processing for northeast India. A large chunk of the research work is carried out at Tocklai, while area-specific research for Dooars is carried out at NBRRDC, Nagrakata. Research on pharmacological properties of black tea is carried out at Kolkata and other institutes across India with collaborations. The technologies developed through R&D activities is disseminated to the member gardens through a wide network of advisory personnel who conduct regular hands-on demonstrations as well as workshops.

Mission

  • Improve quality of tea
  • Improve overall productivity of the industry
  • Reduce input cost on tea production
  • Disseminate information on latest research
  • Advise members on methods of tea manufacture
  • Upgrade knowledge and data with relevant programmes for the benefit of the tea industry.