Tea management sub-committee
About the Implementing organization
Name: Conservation Area Management Committee (CAMC), Bhujung, Lamjung
Year of establishment: 1993
Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Community enterprise or business / Cooperative business / Women’s association or organization / Indigenous group or organization / Ethnic minority group or association
In 2015 a tea management sub-committee was formed in Bhujung VDC under CAMC. The purpose of this committee was to involve people from low economic standard, ethnic minorities and provide them with income generating opportunities. Compared to other tea plantations which are private owned or company owned this is a community owned and managed enterprise where benefits are shared among community and the profits are utilized for natural resource conservation and sustainable development purposes. At the inception with support from ACAP, CAMC and other donors the committee bought 16.16 hecter (120 Ropani) land and started tea plantation program. At first the committee only produced raw tea using hand but now they have purchased a tea processing unit and are able to process tea locally. There are even plans to up-grade the tea processing plants and add few more in near future.
Forests / Mountains / Drylands
Type of Action
Sustainable use / Mainstreaming into sectors / Access and benefit sharing
Sustainable Development Element
Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Peace and security
The lands which were once a wastelands are now being used by this initiative, creating lush and beautiful scenery in the area. The tea plants also provide habitats for various species of birds, small mammals and insects increasing the biodiversity of the area along with clean environment. This has also helped create a environment friendly atmosphere in the community. Plantation and management of tea also requires various knowledge of soil ecology, water ecology etc which also acts as a conservation education and awareness.
Sustainable Development Impacts
The initiative has created jobs for local people and has helped in increasing the living standard. The workers in this enterprise now have various skills for management of tea plantation sites. The community management system has created a sense of prosperity to the area, as people now have various job opportunities. With more economic benefits people are now investing money in other enterprises as well and creating a healthy life style.
Currently the tea is being produced and consumed at local level. they are either used by local community for household purposes or give to relatives as gifts or to tourist as souvenirs. This locally managed enterprise can be expanded to large scale by adding more tea processing plants, more plantation fields, creating a local brand name and can be exported to nearby districts or even to foreign countries. Similarly this can be also be scaled into the concept of 'One Village one product' as proposed by government of Nepal. With various product certification organizations products can be marketed into new areas with more benefits to local community.
This type of initiative has also been carried out in Lwang VDC by CAMC Lwang. Compared to that, this initiative at Bhujung has been more effective as this is a larger enterprise with more local participation, more production, more profits . By selecting a suitable tea growing area with all the necessary soil, temperature and environmental conditions this can be carried out in any part of Nepal or world. This provides opportunities for local people and help in empowering them. With local community at the forefront of this kind of Initiative motivating local community should not be a difficult task. The technical and financial support may be required at the initial phase but later it will be a self sustainable.
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