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Objectives of formation of UPASI TRF
  • To carry out and promote research and other scientific work connected with the cultivation, production and processing of tea and other related aspects as may be decided upon by the Foundation
  • To provide funds towards all or any of the objects of the Foundation
  • To accept grants of money and of land, buildings and equipment, donations, gifts, rights conferred, subscriptions and other assistance, with a view to promoting the objects of the Foundation, from the Government, the Tea Board, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and other public bodies, corporations, companies, associations or persons for the purpose of the Foundation, on such conditions as may be agreed to
  • To enter into any agreement with any Association or organization, Government, local authority, corporation, person, or any other body, for acquiring or taking over by way of lease, sub-lease, purchase, gift or otherwise, lands, buildings, fixtures, equipment, furniture, scientific records, experimental data, library and technical books, or properties movable or immovable of any kind, either tangible or intangible, or for giving aid or assistance on such terms and conditions as may be deemed expedient or reasonable for promoting the objects of the Association, and to construct, erect, alter, improve and maintain any building and to manage, develop, sell, let, mortgage, dispose off, turn to account or otherwise deal with all or part of the same and any property, or invention process or patent right
  • To borrow or raise any money that may be required by the Foundation upon such terms as may be deemed advisable and in particular and with the approval of the Tea Board and UPASI Executive Committee to secure the payment of any money borrowed, raised or owing, by the issue of debentures, bills of exchange, promissory notes, or other obligations or securities of the Association or mortgage or charge of all or any part of the property of the Foundation
  • To arrange for the registration and recognition of the Foundation and to pay all expenses, preliminary or incidental to the formation of the Foundation and its registration
  • To invest the funds of the Foundation not immediately required in any one or more of the modes of investment for the time being authorized by law for the investment of trust funds with full power to alter, vary or transfer such investments in accordance with the law for the time being in force
  • To undertake and execute any trusts which may be conductive to any of the objectives of the Foundation
  • To establish, support, or aid in the establishment and support of Foundations, Institutions, funds and trusts created to benefit employees or former employees of the Foundation or family or dependants of such persons, and to grant pension and/ or allowances to such persons
  • To constitute, maintain and control branches or centres of the Foundation in India and to modify or abolish the same
  • To employ the skilled workers and professional technical advisers and all the personnel necessary to carry out the objects of the Foundation and to pay therefore such remuneration as may be considered reasonable
  • To do all such other lawful things as may be incidental to or conductive to the attainment of the above objects
Vision & Mission

Vision :   Immediately after post independent era, India occupied a premier position in tea trade. Presently we lost our first position in production, productivity, area under tea and international trade, except production of huge quantum of CTC tea production. In order to retain the prestigious position in the world tea map and to compete in the domestic and international market UPASI TRF will serve as a core organization of tea industry and promote the tea trade in near future.

Mission :   At the moment, due to ever spiraling costs of agricultural input and scarcity of labour force, the industry is facing grave situation. Climatic change or shift in climatic variables is yet another cause that determines the productivity due to sudden outbreak of secondary pests and diseases. In recent years, tea planters are not realizing the marginal profit out of their intensive agricultural operations. At this juncture, concentrated efforts to improve the productivity retaining the quality attributes with available workforce are warranted. Our mission is not only confined to the above said boundaries, but also we are marching towards sorting out the consumers’requirements besides welfare of the planters and the workforce.

News & Events

  • Dr. C.S. Venkata Ram Memorial Annual Tea Colloquium-2018

    Dr. C.S. Venkata Ram Memorial Annual Tea Colloquium will be held on Aug, 2018 at Seminar Hall, UPASI Tea Research Foundation, Tea Research Institute, Valparai. The maximum time for presentation is ten minutes followed by discussion. Prizes will be awarded for the best three presentations.…

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  • Residue analysis in other crops


    The Pesticide Residue Division is equipped with state-of-art instruments viz., Gas Chromatograph, High Performance Liquid Chromatograph, GCMS, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, etc., Our lab is GLP certified by National GLP Compliance Monitoring Authority, Govt. of India for the execution of Pesticide Residue Studies. We are accredited…

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  • Vacancy 2019

    08/09/2018 @ 09:30 am

    Date of Publish: 06-Aug-2019 UPASI TEA RESEARCH FOUNDATION TEA RESEARCH INSTITUTE NIRAR DAM PO VALPARAI – 642 127   Project: Development of new clones through integration of conventional and non-conventional methods of breeding for productivity, quality and stress tolerance, funded by Tea Board of India…

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  • Monthly circular – April 2014


       Monthly Circular April -2014  WEATHER Weather data recorded in March 2014 at the TRF observatory are given below, along with the corresponding figures for March 2013. Year Total Rainfall mm Mean Sunshine hr/day Mean Temperature ° C Mean Relative Humidity % at Mean Evaporation…

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  • Quotations & Tenders


    14-May-2019 Sealed quotations are invited from the concerned suppliers for the following lab instrument with specifications. The quotations may be sent to the Director, UPASI Tea Research Foundation – Tea Research Institute, Nirar Dam P.O. Valparai 642 127 to reach on or before 31st May…

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  • Publications


    Ajaikumar, S., Siby Mathew, R. Raj Kumar and P. Mohan Kumar (2014). Mechanical harvesting in tea: A case study of Pasuparai estate. Journal of Plantation Crops. 42(2): 201-214. Ajay, D. and Baby, U.I. 2010. Induction of systemic resistance to Exobasidium vexans in tea through SAR…

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  • Latest


    The principal landmark in the history of tea research in south India, was the establishment of a Tea Experimental Station in Gudalur in 1926. During the last seven and half decades, this research organisation. Now known as the UPASI Tea Research Foundation (UPASI TRF), had…

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  • Publications and Library


    Annual Report is the one among the major publications of UPASI TRF. Annual report of each year is released by September of the following year. Other publications include Research Highlights and half yearly Newsletters. The Bulletin of UPASI TRF is an occasional publication. The Handbook…

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Conferences Seminars


    DATE:  10-12 December 2014

    PLACE:  Kozhikode

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  • Research Extension Meeting

    DATE:  06-08 May 2013

    PLACE:  Valparai

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    DATE:   2013


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  • Dr.C.S. Venkata Ram Annual Tea Colloquium

    DATE:  1 August 2013


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    DATE:  28/04/2012


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    DATE:  2001

    PLACE:  Chennai

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    DATE:  2014


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    DATE:  September 2013

    PLACE:  Coonoor

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Research Activities

  • Pesticide Residue

    Of late, considering the constant usage of pesticides and to monitor the residues in the final produce, a well equipped test facility was established at UPASI TRI in 1994. The pesticide residue laboratory is accredited by National Accreditation Board for testing and calibration Laboratories (NABL)…

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  • Botany

    The Tea Research Institute at Valparai has seven divisions namely Botany, Soil Chemistry, Entomology, Pesticide Residue, Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Plant Physiology & Biotechnology and Tea Technology. Botany Research activities of Botany Division include plant improvement, cultivation practices and weed research. Plant improvement programme was…

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  • Soil Chemistry

    Chemistry Division is involved in research pertaining to soil-plant nutrients of tea besides extending analytical service to the industry. The research activities include investigations on physico-chemical properties of soil, soil-plant interactions, response of tea to major, secondary and micronutrients and their interactions. The research work…

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  • Entomology

    Entomology Division involve in basic and applied aspects of insect pests, particularly, biology, ecology and evolving control measures. The division evolved and recommended physical, chemical and biological method of tea pests control. In the past, extensive studies on bioecology, crop loss due to major pests…

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  • Pathology & Microbiology

    In the division of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, research is carried out on diseases of tea and biofertilizers. Among the tea diseases, blister blight is the most important leaf disease caused by the pathogen, Exobasidium vexans affecting the tender harvestable shoots of tea resulting in…

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  • Physiology & Biotechnology

    Plant Physiology Division was established in 1980 which has been primarily concentrated on crop productivity. The division strives for excellence in applied research in tea productivity and bush health besides biotechnological studies. The research undertaken extends over a wide range of research programmes having collaborative…

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  • Tea Technology

    Besides offering the analytical services and involving in inter laboratory ring test to validate the test methods, Tea Technology Division is concerned about quality of final produce in accordance with PFA Act requirements, storage studies, value added products and manufacturing aspects. The laboratory has been…

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