Darjeeling Tea Research and Management Association (DTRMA) was established in the year 1994 at Shivmandir, 7 Km away from Siliguri, W.B., and is dedicated to Tea Industry to promote excellence. The Association is registered under West Bengal Societies Registration Act, XXVI of 1961, No.S/79766 of 1995-96. The prime objective of DTRMA is to ease the technomanagement complexities of Tea Industry through Training, Consultancy and Research.
To transform the objectives, an institute NITM was established in the same year under the aegis of Darjeeling Tea Research and Management Association to generate a pool of trained manpower who could effectively run a Tea Industry.
The Institute has so far organised 35 Training/Management Development Programmes for the Tea Industry. With a sound placement record for the students of Post Graduate Diploma in Tea (PGDT), the institute emerged as leading employment generating institute.
Field and laboratory trials are in progress to develop one organic manure using a non-conventional source as base material. Physiological studies of different planting materials currently released for cultivation under diverse agro climatic conditions are in progress to standardise various cultural practices to be adopted by the gardens to enhance crop productivity with assured quality.
A research project based on ergonomic study has been undertaken by the institute to enhance pluckers productivity and thereby to reduce cost of production.
Preliminary works have been completed to study the feasibility of recycling of pruning litter, shade tree droppings and weed growth by employing vermiculture and a number of suitable micro-organisms.
A study has been undertaken to identify the nature of soil profile in tea growing areas under Terai Zone of West Bengal.
Trials are also being carried out on simplifying the method of propagation. A method of propagation has been standardised by the institute to obtain plants ready for plantation within 7-8 months.
Fertility Mapping :
The institute has an well equipped soil testing laboratory which has already been approved by the Tea Board of India. The institute for the first time in history of tea research has undertaken fertility mapping for individual tea gardens. Moreover, soil laboratory is also involved in routine soil analysis for advisory support. Details of soil analysis is attached. The concept will provide a comprehensive idea about the inherent fertility status of every part of the garden. Fertility mapping will help the planters to formulate an integrated approach in fertiliser and irrigation management. Moreover, this approach will help to solve a number of problems related with soil which in turn will make the system sustainable in the long run.
Advisory Service :
The institute has undertaken time bound result oriented advisory services in various tea gardens of North Bengal, Bihar as well as Assam. The gardens availing advisory services of the institute have shown a growth rate of 5 -10% per annum. The institute has been empanelled by Tea Board, India for rendering innovative advisory services and need specific business solution to the tea industry under aegis of Tea Board vide Memo No.5(229)/SGC/DTD/04/325, dt.19.11.2004.
The institute has an impressive collection of books on all the subjects relevant with the courses. The institute also subscribes a number of scientific journals, magazines and periodicals.
The laboratory is approved by Tea Board of India, Ministry of Commerce and fast developing to facilitate the analysis of plant, soil and water samples. Students are also given exposure to principles of soil analysis.
The Certificate Programme on Computer Application in Tea has been introduced first time by the institute to enable the tea industry to keep pace with the technological advances in each and every sphere of production, processing, marketing and human resource. Beside development of competent manpower for computer the Institute also developing software keeping in view of the requirement of tea industry.