Know the tea experts in myassamtea:
Dr. Pradip Baruah
Dr. Pradip Baruah is the Senior Advisory Officer (Senior Principal Scientist) at Tocklai Tea Research Institute, Assam. He is among the top tea experts of Assam. Tea industry of Assam knows Dr. Baruah for the research and development projects on tea. He is working for the transfer of new technology to the tea industry particularly to the small tea growers. Dr. Baruah has been doing this for the last twenty five years. His jurisdiction covers the entire tea growing areas of eastern India. This includes Assam, Darjeeling, Dooars, Cachar, Tripura, etc.
He is one of the key persons responsible for training and skill development of the small tea growers in the region. Dr. Baruah is doing research on the origin of tea, wild tea, tea and culture, traditional and handmade teas. As a renowned tea specialist, he is also contributing in the field of development of new product forms of tea. He keeps himself busy in the field level applied research.
Academic and other achievements
Dr. Pradip Baruah achieved all of his academic degrees and diplomas from Graduation to Doctoral level with specialisation in tea husbandry & management and in agricultural management. He got his doctoral degree from Gauhati University for his research on Assam tea. It covered most of the different aspects of tea like production, agricultural botany, labor, marketing, quality parameters, economics etc.
He has a number of published works to his credit. He authored ‘The Tea Industry of Assam: Origin and Development’, which was first published in 2008. People related to tea consider this book as one of the most resourceful and authentic books on Indian tea. Dr. Baruah is known in the international conferences on tea as the keynote speaker and resource person from India. Another book of Dr. Baruah on Darjeeling tea is in press. This book with title ‘Darjeeling Tea: Nectar of Queen of Hills’ will be published very shortly.
- Discovery of the lost tea garden named ‘Senglung’ belonging to the first Indian tea planter, Maniram Dewan. It was found in a wild mountainous forest near Suffry on the Assam Nagaland border on 4th January, 2014.
- Explored and discovered wild teas in the Singpho inhabited areas near Margherita, Bordumsa in the Assam Arunachal border. Dr. Baruah collected the germplasm with a team of Botany Department, Tocklai.
- Highlighting and establishing the production possibility of ‘purple tea’ in Assam. Kenya is the only country currently producing purple tea. It is using original planting materials from Assam only.
- Doing exploratory studies and promoting traditional and handmade teas of Assam. He presented papers on it in many national and international forums.
Dr. Atul Chandra Sarma
Dr. Atul Chandra Sarma, is a Ph. D in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat. He started his career at the State Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Assam in 1987. As one of the leading tea experts in Assam, he served as Assistant Advisory Officer at Tea Research Association, Tocklai Experimental, Jorhat from 1993 to 1996. Dr. Sarma was engaged in advisory services in all aspects of tea plantation and management in the Tea Estates of Assam.
Currently he is serving as the Deputy Registrar, Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India in its Guwahati Branch. Dr. Sarma is looking after the Authority’s activities in eight North Eastern States since 2011. As a founder Deputy Registrar of Guwahati branch, some of his responsibilities include receiving applications for registration of plant varieties, developing characterization and documentation of farmers varieties, monitoring of DUS Test Centres etc. Creating awareness on Protection of plant varieties is one of his major responsibility. He also works for popularizing Plant Genome Saviour Award etc. among the scientists, officers farmers and farming communities. Scope of his duty covers the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Sikkim and Tripura.
Dr. Sarma has acted as a resource person of PPV & FR Act, 2001 in numbers of Training and Awareness Programmes in all the North Eastern states organised by State/Central Universities, State Agriculture and Horticulture Departments, ICAR Organizations, State Council for Science and Technology of Govt of Assam and Tripura, Botanical Society of Assam etc. He acted as resource person also in Integrated Pest Management, Participatory Learning and Action and served as Nodal Officer of RPRS in Assam.
Mr. Partha Sarathi Dowerah
Mr. Partha Sarathi Dowerah started carrier as a trainee executive in tea plantation on 1/2/1975 at Monabarie tea estate. It was the largest tea estate in the world, belonging to Imperial Tea Company, a sterling tea company under Jardine Handerson Limited. It was one of the most reputed tea companies operating in Assam, India, at that time. He became employee of Williamson Magor group in 1988, the largest tea producing Tea Company in the world. It happened as sterling group of Jardine Handerson was bought over by Magors. As a tea planter, Mr. Dowerah worked in tea estates all over Assam. He was raised to the post of Assistant Visiting Agent , one of the top most positions in the field operations of the company. In this capacity he looked after the affairs of 23 tea estates in the south bank of Brahmaputra Valley till retirement on 2015.
In his 40 year-long service life, Mr. Dowerah had the privilege of working in tea estates like Monabarie, Hunwal, Addabarrie, Bargang, Paneery, Dufflaghur, Behora, Bordubi, Moran. These estates are part of the cream of tea industry in Assam in terms of both quality and quantity. He acquired expertise in all field operations in tea plantations, tea manufacturing, man management and economics of tea plantation.