Another positive social and environmental impact that production of CC Tea has is that it takes on lease farms from marginal farmers, who were once illegal growers of poppy and cannabis.
Before CC Tea’s intervention, these farmers were constantly harassed by traders and drug enforcement officers. Instead of working on an illegal crop, they are now earning a daily or monthly wage.
“In the past, I grew whatever I could find. But ever since I was introduced to the CC Tea project, they paid me for leasing my land and gave employment at the factory also. Besides working in the factory, I am also working as a caretaker in the field. My previous life was so different, but now I can maintain all the needs of my family.” Resangmi Hungyo, a farmer from Muirei village in Senapati District, Manipur