Kanchanjangha Tea Estate and Research Center is committed not only to producing high quality organic certified tea but also conserving the environment and its resources. KTE’s strong commitment towards environmental sustainability has made its products earn high appreciation in the international market. The plantation at KTE meets the present demand for firewood and fodder from 20 hectares of forest land of its own. The cutting down of trees is done periodically with a view of its sustainability. The number of trees to be cut down is controlled by KTE itself. KTE has also initiated “two new plants for a tree policy” which advocates the concept that each cut down tree must be replaced by two new plants. Vetiver, a plant that binds the soil, is planted on both sides of the road an all the farmers are also encouraged to plant Vertiver around their living quarters as it helps to prevent soil erosion.
Pest Management- Ayurvedic Principle
The foothills of Mt. Kanchenjunga are believed to be a treasure of medicinal plants and ayurvedic herbs. The Ayurvedic system of pest management is a natural and traditional system based on the farmers’ own skills and techniques. The Ayurvedic approach strongly believes in preventive measures. Therefore, the leaves of pest repellent botanicals like Titepati, Bakaino, etc, are mixed with the compost which is applied to each bush. Mixture of various plant abstracts and cow urine is applied if there is a severe attack. In addition, pest repellent plants like Ashuro, Khirro, Bakaino, Citronella, and lemongrass are planted in the garden. The basic philosophy underlying this principle is that all forms of life are inter-related and inter-dependent and that each have an inherent part to play in the overall design of Nature.
Soil Fertility Mgmt
SOIL FERTILITY MANAGEMENT
KTE adopts the wisdom of our ancestors and uses various traditional methods to improve soil quality, thereby increasing the long-term fertility of the soil.PRODUCTION OF COMPOST
Cow dung, cattle manure, chicken manure, ash, mustard oil cake, rice bran, bone meals, jungle foliage, farmyard waste, etc., are collected and compost is prepared under meticulous supervision of the experts.GREEN MANURING
Local legumes & botanicals - Titepati (Artemisia Vulgaris), Assuro (Adhatoda Vesica) & Kalijhar (Lantata Camera) etc. - containing abundant nutrients (NPK) are grown around the garden and are collected to prepare green manure.