Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers’ Association (APSTGA) has demanded that the state government prepare a detailed project report for bringing 10,000 hectares of land under tea cultivation in the state during this financial year.

The association also demanded formulation of a policy to prevent jhum cultivation and convert jhum lands into tea gardens.

In a memorandum to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Tuesday, it also demanded for early establishment of a branch office of Tea Board of India in Itanagar and removing the procedural glitch in obtaining environmental clearance from the Union Ministry of Environment & Forests.

The Chief Minister has assured to address the demands of the association. He also gave the assurance to create a Board for tea and rubber in the state shortly.