Small Tea Cultivation in India and the Future Ahead: A Case Study from West Bengal Region
The case study gives a brief description about the Small Tea Growers (STGs) of West Bengal, how they resorted to small tea cultivation and benefits of the small tea cultivation, etc. Further, the case study depicts multifarious challenges faced by the STGs in the West Bengal region. The STGs aspire to get rid of the challenges and transform tea cultivation to be more remunerative.
The small tea plantation sector now occupies an important space in the economy of Northern part of Bengal (North Bengal) and contributes to the generation of rural employment. Young and upcoming local entrepreneurs mostly own these gardens, thereby solving the unemployment problems of educated and uneducated youths of the rural as well as urban areas. But now- a-days the small plantation sector passes through a period of crises due to a set of factors, which includes lower profitability and raising cost of production. It is expected if the trend goes long the concept small plantation will be eroded and the economy the region will be affected. The big question is the existence of the small tea plantation in the economy of Northern part of Bengal. This case study navigates the participants through the central issues of entrepreneurial challenges and opportunities. Accordingly, a tentative teaching plan has been prepared [Exhibit (TN)-I]
Prerequisite Conceptual Understanding
- • Debabrata Mitra, “Globalization and Industrial Relation in Tea Plantation”, New Delhi: Abhijit Publications, 2010
- • Biswas Debasish and Roy Nirmal Chandra, “Problems and Prospects of Small tea Growers in India with special reference to North Bengal region”. Advances in Management, 2013. Vol. 6(12), pages 27-34
Case Positioning and Setting
This case study can be used for the Entrepreneurship Development Course as well as Agro-business Management in MBA, Executive MBA or Executive Development Programs.
Expected Learning Outcomes
- • The importance of agri-business entrepreneurship in the form of small tea cultivation in the rural India
- • The various opportunities and challenges of agri-business entrepreneurship
- • Proper utilization and management of indigenous natural resources
- I. What should be the next strategy of the STGs for survival and sustenance? Should they switch over to the traditional paddy, potato, jute, wheat cultivation?
- II. What should be the appropriate way to mitigate tussle between tea manufacturing factories and the STGs?
- III. ............