New office bearers took over at the 41st Annual General Meeting of the Tea Trade Association of Coimbatore, held today. While Mr Dipak Shah was elected the Chairman, Mr. Anil George Joseph has been elected the vice-chairman. Other dignitaries present on the occasion included Mr. P.S.Walia, Senior Planter and Past President, UPASI, Mr. M.Bhojarajan, Past Vice Chairman, of Tea Board and Mr. Ganesh Deivanayagam, Chairman, of Tea Trade Association, Sri Lanka. Mr. U.V. Saraf, the Chairman and Managing Director of Saraf Trading Private Limited was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ on the occasion.
Delivering the welcome address Mr. Dipak Shah felt that there should be more inclusiveness in the functioning of all the tea associations across South India and that TTAC is proud that we have shown the path to other associations.
He stated that ‘Connecting stakeholders’ is the theme of the event and for that, he urged the support of all tea associations in South India.
He thanked everyone who made the meeting possible.
The Chairman and Managing Director of Saraf Trading Private Limited, Mr.U.V. Saraf awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, was another highlight of the evening.
The other members- awardees included – the largest seller of tea award – M/s Tamil Nadu Tea Plantation Corporation Ltd, and M/s D J Corporation – the largest buyer of tea. the largest broker- is M/s Forbes Tea Brokers, the largest warehouser of tea – is M/s Saraf Trading Corporation, the largest buyer of dust tea – is M/s AV Thomas & Company Ltd., the 2nd largest buyer of dust tea – is M/S DJ Corporation, 3rd largest – M/ S Shivasakthi and Commodities, the largest buyer of leaf tea – M/ s DJ Corporation, the 2nd largest buyer of leaf tea – M/s RJT Corporation, 3rd largest buyer of leaf tea-M/s Girnar Food &Beverage Private Limited, largest tea seller from the corporate sector – Tamil Nadu Tea Planation Corporation Ltd, the 3rd largest seller – Kannan Devan Plantations private limited, Largest seller of bought leaf – Wood bridge Tea Factory, 2nd largest seller of bought leaf – Chambala Tea Factory, and the 3rd largest seller of bought leaf – Silver Oak tea factory.
In his speech, Mr P.S. Walia pointed out how the tea trade association was formed.
All the stakeholders had come together to form the association.
He mentioned together, the members, could sort out any problem.
He added that all the members have to stand firm in what they have to do.
Mr. Bhojarajan said that even though the industry is in a problem, let the members not give up hope.
He asked the members to be dynamic and consciously analyse themselves to face the challenges.
Mr Ganesh Deivanayagam said he was humbled by the invitation and share the stage with some of the stalwarts of the industry.
Mr. Anil George Joseph proposed the vote of thanks.