KC Ponnappa, Group Manager, Kotada Estate took over as the Chairman of Nilgiri Planters’ Association (NPA) for 2013-14 on 26 September 2013. In the meanwhile, Mohammed Iqbal, Manager, Chamraj Estate was elected as the Vice-Chairman.
Other members of the Executive Committee included K.S. Nanjappa(Kil Kotagiri), T. Jayaram (Havukal Estate), Prem Sagar Pandiaraj (Corsley), K. Jagan Thimaiah (Thiashola), P.P. Bhansali (Kairbetta), K. Rajmohan (Katary and Sutton), R. Jebackumar (Coonoor Tea Estate), K.M. Kalappa (Glenmorghan), T. Gundan (Robroy), R. Rajkumar (Glendale), H.S. Mehta (Nonsuch), George Varghese (Mailoor), S.R. Choudhury (Dunsandle) and S.S. Sidhu (Woodlands).
It is important to note that Suresh Jacob, (Vice-President, Katary and Sutton Estates of Neelamalai Agro Industries Ltd) became the Chairman for NPA for 2012-13 term and KC Ponnappa was the Vice-Chairman for that term.
About the Nilgiri Planters’ Association (NPA)
• The Nilgiri Planters’ Association (NPA) was formed in the year 1891.
• NPA represents the organised plantation sector which covers a total of 6900 hectares area spread over four Taluks of Nilgiris, namely Ooty, Coonoor, Kotagiri and Kundah at the average altitude of 6500 feet.
• The annual production of the Member Estates is around 16 million kg of Orthodox Teas.
• Member Estates of NPS are also located in the Geographical Indication region of Nilgiri (Orthodox) Tea registered under the Geographical Indication of goods (Registration and Protection) Act.