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Tea and Fruit Plantation and Tea Production in the Himalayas

In Palampur, the tea capital of the Himalayas, at a tea plantation and tea factory, supervised internships for students of agriculture, biology, plant genetics and marketing/business are possible. There are also many cultivated fruits and flowers at these plantations.

Project Details

Palampur is referred to as the tea capital of the Himalayas. We offer internships at a plantation that grows and processes high quality tea. In addition to 20 acres of tea plants and tea factory, there is extensive fruit and cut flowers cultivation.
The plantation was started in 1848 by the British and is now privately owned by a young Indian couple. While the man is in the area of product development, sales and marketing, the woman specializes in botanical/biological aspects. She has an MSc in Biotechnology and also works as a researcher for Plant Genetics at the University of Palampur. They supervise trainees in their respective fields.
Between March and November about 2000 to 3000 kg of tea leaves are picked daily; July and August is the peak harvest season. The months of April and September are the months when the tea has the highest quality and can be sold for 20,000 rupees per kilo. A kilo of fresh tea leaves produces 250 grams of finished tea.
On the plantation, a Japanese plucking machine used on 1/3 of the area can collect 5000 kg leaves per day and is operated by 2 people. The remaining 2/3 of the surface is picked by hand.
The tea leaves are processed on the grounds of the plantation in the factory into green and black tea. It is high quality tea, which is sold to urban consumers in India, as well as in the USA and Singapore.
For the production of green tea, the leaves are not roasted in the pan, but steamed, which is the Japanese processing method and which results in higher quality.
The cultivated fruits and cut flowers include lychee, mango, kiwi, strawberry, passion fruit, pomegranate, chamomile, orchids, sesame seeds, figs, jackfruit, Walnut, Blackberry, Amla (Indian Gooseberry) and others.
As an intern in the field of biology/agriculture, you work for the first two months together with an employee of tea plantation on all tasks. You get explanations. From the third month, you can perform a separate project that is related to cultivation and harvest depending on the season: During the Kareef - season (October to March), there is a lot of harvest, during the Rabi season (June), sesame, corn, soy and wheat are planted. You can discuss the theme of your project with the owner, who advises you professionally for at least 2 hours per week in the topic of your interest.
As an intern in Marketing/Business you work with the owner of the plantation on the development, marketing and distribution of tea products as well as in management.
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Location: Palampur (Himachal Pradesh, India)
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 Month
Maximum Duration: 6 Months
Language Requirements: English
Accommodation on rent on the plantation or Guest House in Palampur
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Plant geneticist, plantation owners
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
Relevant studies or experience
Further Contribution To Project: Yes, 50 usd per week
Volunteering Possible: No
Required Qualification For Volunteer: -
Further Contribution To Project: -

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