Darjeeling Shipments Delayed By Embargo
The First Flush Spring teas from this area in Northern India are among the most anticipated by tea lovers worldwide. This year, labor negotiations and some political tensions in the area have delayed shipments.
On the labor side of things, wages were a big issue, as the average worker makes less than 100 Rs a day. That is equivalent to about $2.23! When I asked one of our Indian friends about this, he responded.
The tea garden workers are provided with subsidized food rations, schools, medicines / hospitals and in some cases with housing.
They are actually quite well looked after by the tea garden owners.
As we see, many of the basics are provided. Even so, it is certainly a different perspective than we are used to seeing in our economy and society.
Tea accounts for a large portion of income for the area workers and companies. The worry was that shipments would be delayed and would not arrive in Europe prior to Easter, which is an important shopping season. This would have hurt the sales and the image of Darjeeling on the world market.
Just a few days ago we received word that the embargo has been lifted for members of the Darjeeling Tea Association. I have been informed that our samples are on the way. ( Our staff is quite excited!)
If you would like to read more about the story
Click here for the article in the Darjeeling Times