Bangladesh Correspondent

December 17 2012
Plans for the 2012 New Year Party

 Dear Members
Planters Club is planning to visit the tea valley with it's cricket team and enjoy the new years eve with fellow planters.

Members interested to join the entourage are requested to contact the secretary general or anyone of the following planter and register by 21st December 2011

Mr. M Latifuzzaman
Mr. Lutfur Rhaman
Mr. Tofail Ahmed
Mr. Javed Talha 

Superscription : Tk 2500/- per person ( for those traveling by club arranged transport)
                        Tk 500/- per person ( for others)

Following is the tentative program and is subject to further confirmation.

30th December 2011
7 AM         : Start from Dhaka.
12 Noon     : Reach Lashkerpore Valley Club
                   Lunch at LVC
                   Tennis/Card etc LVC
4 PM         : Start for respective Hosts
Evening      : As desired/arranged by respective hosts/clubs

31st December 2011
10 AM         : Reporting at Balisera Valley Club
                     T20 Cricket against BVC
4 PM           : Free time /
Evening        : Attend New Years Eve Party at Manu Valley Club

1st January 2012
8 AM           : Depart for home from respective hosts after breakfast.

Thanking you,

Secretary General
Planters Club Ltd
House No 399( 1st Floor)
Road No 29, Mohakhali DOHS.
Dhaka, Bangladesh


November 16 2011

We are pleased to show the office bearers of the Planters Club Ltd

Planters Club Ltd
The New Executive Committee

President : Mr Syed Ahemd

Vice President : Mr. Mahmudul Helal
Secretary General : Mr. Tozammel Hossain
Joint Secretary General : Mr. Tofayel Ahmed
Treasurer : Mr. Md Latifuzzaman.
 Mr. Afzal Hossain
Mr. SMA Kasem
Mr. Ali Ashraf Choudhury
Mr. Mosharraf Hossain
Mr. Md Lutfur Rahman
Mr. Javed Talha

Planters Club Ltd
House No 399( 1st Floor)
Road No 29, Mohakhali DOHS.
Dhaka, Bangladesh

We are delighted to welcome Monjur Hossain as our Bangladesh correspondent Monjur has considerable experience and served in some of the National Tea Co. Limited gardens in Bangladesh he joined tea in 1973 and served in managerial capacities in Patrokola, Champarai, Teliapara, Khurma, and Lackatoorah 
During his time only few British planters were there. He remembers 
 Wm Murdoch, D C P Blake, E M P Nailer, T M Arthur, and Bill Kelly.

December 12 2009

In Memory of Dr. Noazesh Ahmed - Monjur Hossain

 Celebrated agricultural scientist and photographer Dr. Noazesh Ahmed passed away on November 24, 2009.  Dr. Ahmed is considered a pioneering Bangladeshi photographer. But his early carrier was in tea and he made remarkable contributions to this sector. Dr. Ahmed was the pioneer of the improvement of tea plant and introduces clonal nursery practice in Bangladesh. 

Profile of Dr. Noazesh Ahmed

Born in 1935 at  Manikgonj, Bangladesh


1956 : MS in Plant Genetics, Oklahoma State University, USA (Fulbright)
1957 : Phi Sigma, 1959 : Sigma xi
1960 : Ph.D in Plant Genetics from University of Wisconsin, USA (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Fellowship)

Professional Experience in Agricultural Science:
1959-60 : Post Doctorate Fellow, American Foundation for Biological Research
1960-66 : Head of Agro-Botany Division, Pakistan Tea Research Institute
1967-69 : Director, Evaluation and Training, East Pakistan Agricultural Development Corporation
1969-71 : Member Secretary, Pakistan Tea Board
1973-98 : Senior Staff consultant (Agricultural Advisor), Asian Development Bank, World Bank, FAO United Nations in Southeast Asian Countries (Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia)
2002-03 : Consulting  Editor, Banglapedia (National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh) Asiatic Society of Bangladesh

Major Contribution in Photography Exhibition :
1957-58 : Portrait of America Life Time Lounge, New York, Capitals of all free countries of the world (sponsored by People to People program, State Department of USA.)
1959 : Camera Concept USA, University of Wisconsin, Washington D.C.
1961 : All Pakistan Photographic Exhibition, Dhaka
1972 : Portrait of Bangladesh, Washington D.C. & New York For the Promotion of Bangladesh in USA
1973 : First Bangladesh Photographic Exhibition, Dhaka
1975 : BBC Color Slide Audience Show, London
1976 : Image of Man in Asia, UNESCO, Tokyo, Japan
1978 : 1st National Photographic Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
1996 : Solo Exhibition : Quest for Reality, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
1997 : Solo Exhibition : Portrait of Bangladesh, Muscat, Oman
1997 : Gautama: Life of Buddhist Monks. UNESCO, Japan and Thailand
2001 : Portrait of Bangladesh, Kansas State University, USA
2001 : Portrait of Bangladesh, University of Wisconsin, USA
2001 : Wild Flowers of Bangladesh, UNESCO, Japan
2003 : Tagore's Chhinnaptra, Visha Bharati University, Santineketan, India
2003 : Tagore's Chhinnaptra (Video Film)
2005 : Quest for Harmony, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka

Photo Album
1975 : Bangladesh (First Photo Album on Bangladesh) Adjudged Book of the Year by British Geographical
1983 : Portrait of Bangladesh
1990 : Burma, Times Publication, Singapore (Major Photographer)
1996 : Quest for Reality, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
1997 : Wild Flowers of Bangladesh
2000 : Banglar Banaphol (in Bengali)
2004 : Rabindranath Tagore's Chhinnapatra
2004 : On the Bank of Dhanshiri River Other Publications

Contributed a number of photo-essays in the Sunday Times Magazine and the Guardian, Focus (American Society of Geography), Hemisphere (Australia), Swasdee (Thai Air), Bangkok Post, Far Eastern Economic Review, Illustrated weekly of India, Tree (ACCU Japan,UNESCO)
Contributed photographs in numerous government publications, particularly in 'Bangladesh, The Mosaic in Green'.

1978 : President Gold Medal for outstanding contribution in Agricultural Research and Publication
1978 : Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Award, 1st National Photographic Exhibition
2005 : American Alumni Association Award

In 1954, Ahmed received a Fulbright Scholarship from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Where he studied Plant Genetics and Plant Breeding. In 1960, he returned to Dhaka and joined as Scientific advisor at Duncan Brothers for introduction of vegetative propagation of tea plant.  Later, he joined the tea Research Institute as Senior Scientific Officer. Where Dr. Ahmed attained recognition as a genetic scientist. He developed two verities clonal tea plants. Eventually, Ahmed became the Secretary of the then Pakistan Tea Board.

Dr. Ahmed 1st contribution on tea was What IS Tea? A details study on the tea as a drink and its chemical components published in Tea Journal of Pakistan, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 1963. Later his unique work Improving The Tea Plants published in Vol. 1, No. 2, June 1963 of the journal. In this paper Dr. Ahmed given a brief account on the historical background of cultivation of tea in elst while Pakistan. He described the classification of tea by different workers and followed by a presentation of author's attempt to distinguish the tea population of elst while East Pakistan into seven eco-and genocategories, viz. Moniouri, Burma, Large - Leaved Assam, China, Hybrid I, II and III. Reference has also been made to important role played by selection, vegetative propagation and line breeding leading to the clonal source of seed in the improvement of tea.

In 1980, he joined Asian Development Bank as agricultural advisor. During  his tenure in Asian Development Bank from 1980 to 1990, he frequently had to visit Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand for agriculture development among the countries. During this period, R. Ahmed concentrated on the life of Buddha community. He started to record the activities of Buddha Bikho through his  lens. As an agricultural advisor, he also worked at CIDA.

Dr. Ahmed contributed many books on photography, agricultural science and natural history.

We lost a great friend of tea.............................


Below  Monjur has given us his paper which was featured in the "Tea Times" recently a quarterly journal published in Kolkota and some fine pictures of Tea Estates in Bangladesh

Tea Trail China-India- Myanmar -Bangladesh
Monjur Hossain

Millions of people all over the world drink tea and it has become an essential part of their daily lives. As we enjoy a refreshing cup of tea, have we ever thought about its origins, who first discovered delicious beverage and which country is the homeland of tea?
China is the world′s earliest nation drinking, planting and making tea. For a long time it was an undisputed fact that China was the homeland of tea, but in more recent time this has been challenged in a series of arguments and disputes. India has been credited by some authorities as the homeland of tea, but the facts substantiate that tea did originate in China.
It is known that a Japanese Buddhist monk, called Deng, studied in China and brought tea back to Japan in 805 B.C. He was the pioneer for growing tea outside of China.
Explorers in search of wild tea in South China, Upper Burma and North East India could not get any evidence of existence of wild tea. They are of the opinion that whatever tea exists in the so called wild region are only teas left by migratory people from South-East Asia to North-East India during Pre-Historic times. Ancient history of the region supports this view. The local inhabitants of the hilly regions of North-East India were using tea for centuries (Kingdon Ward 1950). The Singpho tribe in the lower Bhahmaputra Valley (South Bank) of the Northeast Assam was the pioneer to the identification and use of tea in early days. Capt. Robert  Bruce, one time employee of East India company, a solder of fortune, in 1923 Bruce was in Rangpur, the Ahom capital of in upper Assam, where he met an Assamese nobleman, Moniram Datta Barua. He learnt of indigenous Assam tea from this nobleman. Maniram put Bruce in touch a friendly Singpho Chief, Beesa Gam and Bruce entered into an agreement with the chief for supply of tea seeds and plants to be collected when he next visited upper Assam. But the death of Robert Bruce in 1824 forestalled his collection of the tea consignment. However, before his death, Robert Bruce had passed on the information on indigenous tea to his younger brother, Charles Alexander Bruce. When, in 1824, the Burmese War broke out, C A Bruce appointed commander of a gunboat, and despatched to upper Assam. C A Bruce arrived at Sibsagar at the end of January 1825, and contacted Maniram Datta Barua, of whom he had heard from his brother (Stanley Baldwin). Through Moniram, C A Bruce collected the tea seeds and plants contracted for by his brother from the Singpho Chief and acquired the identification technique/ technology of tea cultivation. CA Bruce than started the trial tea plantation in Sadiya, Brahmanputra valley of Assam. In 1836, the first sample of tea produced by Bruce from Assam tea plants, which was approved by the Viceroy, Lord Auckland, and pronounced as good quality tea by experts. Tea cultivation thereafter spread to its tributary, the Surma Valley now the part of Bangladesh.

The Lushais of Sajek valley are a sect /clan of the Singpho tribe of Upper Assam (Colonel T. H. Lewin)  and both the tribes  had migrated to their present place of habitat from the Chin Hills of Burma. They had brought tea along with them for their own consumption much before the British planters thought of growing tea in Chittagong or Sylhet. But it is a matter of research whether the Lushais brought the tea cultivation practice direct from Burma or from the Lower Bhahmaputra Valley of Assam. Tea had been grown in Sajek Valley without any scientific and management support at the courtyards of the migrated Lushai tribe probably much before the development of tea plantation in Chittagong or Sylhet.

A tea expert Mr.T.Andan said that the primary origin of the tea is found in Myanmar. The first and fore most origin of the tea is found in the source of Irrowaddy and spreading the surrounding areas, such as Myanmar Assam border areas, Naga Land, Manipur and Lashi ranges in the eastern parts of Myanmar. In the western parts, China, Northern plateaus of Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. In the same way, another tea technician, Mr. M.Solisin said the studying of the south east Asia teas, there is only the ancesters of Myanmar Northern tea origins. He named the species as Camellia arrawadimis. According to the technicians research statements, the practice of drinking plain tea and tea pasta are widely associated in the Myanmar social community since 2000 years, which is the customary adopted in Myanmar families.

Monjur has given us some interesting pictures of gardens in Bangladesh and we thank him

The first garden in that area

An Old Photo of Duncans Estate Location Allynugger T.E 
The photograph was taken in 1941 at Allen Fobbs farewell in the estate.

This is self explanatory as the record of Managers from ,1854  to today--quite a record

Old Tea machinery which became an exhibit at Lungla T.E.

These rollers still exist as pride in Duncans machinery now very well preserved  with the manufacturer clearly defined 

Allynugger  T.E, Burra Bungalow 2008

Lungla Cemetery 2008
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Lushai Housing

Lushai Plucking

Lushai Tea making

Tea in Sajek valley