How a Brother-Sister Duo Is Running a 600-Hectare Organic Tea Estate

February 7, 2017 0 Comments

Richa Gupta

Around one in the afternoon, our car rolled into the driveway of the Chota Tingrai bungalow. Even as we stepped out, a Jeep came up behind us and out jumped a young man dressed in sweats and a t-shirt. Had I not been told, Id never have guessed that he runs the 600-hectare estate that we were now visiting.

Only 24, Mrityunjay Jalan, with his sister Avantika, manages the daily running of the family estate that boasts a state-of-the-art green tea processing plant, and a successful organic garden.

Avantika says she knew that she wanted to work on sustainable farming. So she started a social initiative called Mana Organics, working towards sustainable development in rural India. After a few years in Arunachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, working with farmers, she thought why not take her ideas and apply them at her familys tea estate.