Faculty Advisor

Higgins, Lorraine D.

Faculty Advisor

Shockey, Ingrid K.

Center

India

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Project Center

India

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