Guwahati: A tea-based soft drink, the first of its kind in the world would be launched at the World Tea Science Congress to be held later this month at Jorhat.
        
The drink, developed by Tocklai Experimental Station in Assam, would have a shelf life of six months and will be promoted as a health drink. It will contain permissible flavour, Research Station's Director M Hazarika told reporters here on Saturday.
         
''The tea liquor based non-carbonated soft drink targetted for the younger generation would be launched at the World Tea Science Congress to be held from November 22 to 24 at Jorhat'', he said.
        
The World Tea Science Congress is being held as the concluding function of the centenary of the country's premier tea research institute.
    
Work on the tea-based soft drink was launched a decade ago by the research station to present something unique to the tea industry during its centenary year and research was undertaken in several non-conventional areas.
     
Another major centenary initiative is development of Plant Growth Promoting Microbes (PGPM) would also be made commercially to the tea industry following the Congress. PGPM will minimise chemical load of pesticide, Hazarika said.

(Agencies)