The Tea Board of India decided on 31 August 2014 to postpone the full implementation of the plant protection code (PPC) which was supposed to be effective from 1 September 2014.
The implementation of PPC has been postponed till January 2015, but some of other provisions of the code will come into force from September 2014.
The decision to postpone the implementation of PPC was taken after the representations made by the tea industry wherein they requested Tea Board to postpone the three clauses of PPC notification for some more time because the small tea growers needed more time.
The Plant Protection Code is a comprehensive document that lays down the manner in which chemicals are going to be used safely, in tea cultivation.
The aim of PPC is to achieve sustainability through Good Agricultural Practices, including integrated pest management by gradually reducing dependence on chemicals.
The code was developed by the Tea Board to use safer, healthier and more environment-friendly products.
Earlier in March 2014, the Tea Board issued a directive in this respect exercising its powers under the Tea Marketing (Control) Order, 2003.
About Tea Board of India
• The Tea Board of India is functioning as a statutory body of the Central Government under the Ministry of Commerce. It was constituted under Tea Act 1953 in 1954.
• The Board is composed of 31 members (including Chairman) drawn from Members of Parliament, tea producers, tea traders, tea brokers, consumers, and representatives of Governments from the principal tea producing states, and trade unions .
• The Board is reconstituted every three years.