Higgins, Lorraine D.
Shockey, Ingrid K.
INDIA / India Projects Program
IIT - Mandi
In recent decades, Kangra Valley tea production has declined by 50% predominately among farms less than a hectare. Our goal was to investigate small-scale tea production and develop suggestions and innovations beneficial to small estates. Tea growers were interviewed and surveyed to identify the vulnerabilities in the region. We designed a mechanical harvester to improve efficiency and reduce the need for labor, and produced recommendations to revitalize the Kangra tea market and modify government policies.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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