G.M.B. Akash


At around one in the afternoon, this tractor comes to a designated point in the garden to take back the leaves collected since morning to the processing plant at the Surma Tea Estate in Sylhet, which at over 8,000 acres is one of the largest plantations in Bangladesh. Workers from various numbers (assigned according to blocks) carry their pickings to the spot, and offload them onto the tractor. The workers are employed six days a week, from 9.30 am to 5 pm. A week's work earns them around 210 taka (3 USD). Tea is a major industry in Bangladesh, and the plantation workers in Sylhet are made up mostly of the indegenous group called the Santals. Plucking is a specialised skill. Two leaves and a bud need to be plucked in order to get the best taste and profitability.

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