RESPONSIBLE TOURISM, TEA, TINY HOMES, MACHINES, TOOLS & EQUIPMENTS

Ethical Research is the primary activity of TGG Foundation and it is guided by the ethos of TGG. Our research and innovation project creates a positive impact and allows people to think beyond any limitations.

TGG’s RESEARCH & INNOVATION

TGG Foundation is presently developing a Research Center for research students from across the world to study ethical agriculture practices, bio-diversity creation, responsible tourism, processing of agriculture products, research on tea and medicinal plants. The Foundation has collaborated with CG Bhakta Institute for Bio-Technology, Surat, Gujarat in the year 2019 for promoting onsite research activities in the field of Medicinal plants, Value addition of farming products, zero-budget farming, Bio-Fertilisers, Eco-tourism, Plant Nursery, Composting, Study on bio-diversity, etc. The Foundation will be conducting extensive research in the field of sustainability with an aim to develop a model project which can be experienced by people from across the world.

RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

WAYANAD, KERALA, INDIA

TGG Foundation has focused on building a model initiative since to train youths on Responsible Tourism and its role in developing a responsible society that cares for the environment, respects culture, contributes to sustainable development, and empowers rural communities since 2014. Ms. Allison Platt, in conjunction with TGG Foundation and Tufts University, United States, undertook a need-based assessment research in 2016. TGG Farm was created for practical experience and currently provides sustainable living practice and experience. Read more……


RESEARCH ON TEA

WAYANAD, KERALA, INDIA

TGG Foundation has been engaged in the maintenance of Tea garden since 2014. It has gone through the organic certification process and have developed ethical standards on maintenance and processing. Tea production is one of the most labour intensive plantation activity due to its daily plucking of tea leaves. Small farmers, having a tea garden suffer due to high labour cost and low price for fresh tea leaves due to their dependency on traders who are the middleman between farmers and the factory. Since there is no minimum support price fixed for tea leaves, farmers are often paid an annual average rate of Rs.12 to 14 per kg. Where in the cost of managing and harvesting the garden can go upto Rs.18-20 per kg. This has resulted in farmers changing the cultivation from tea to coffee or other perennial crops which doesn’t require daily workforce to maintain. At this situation, maintaining the garden organically is next to impossible and it can be done only by those who have the conviction. This has been the inspiration for TGG Foundation to start a research on how to process tea using traditional knowledge and innovative ideas that can benefit small farmers. Presently the foundation produces hand crafted white tea, green tea and orthodox tea using in house techniques . In the financial year 2022-23 the foundation will be researching on improving drying method for better shelf life, produce black tea using indigenous method using cut, tear and curl (CTC) process without using heavy machines, developing value added products from tea.


TINY HOMES

WAYANAD, KERALA, INDIA

TGG Foundation has restored a 30 year old mud house using freshly made mudbricks and mud plaster with other modern fittings to create awareness among people on how cost effective, sustainable and simple a house can be. Only the bathroom area has been built using light weighted bricks. The Foundation offers minimalist living experience to responsible humans at this Earth Home which is located at the RHM Center. Taking the inspiration from this creation, the foundation is conducting an advance research to create an energy efficient, air ventilated, well equipped, Low cost, all weather tiny home with a minimum life span of 30 year.


MACHINES, TOOLS & EQUIPMENTS

WAYANAD, KERALA, INDIA

In order to develop various projects of TGG Foundation there is a need to research and innovate. Using the available resources and infrastructure the Foundation has designed and developed a low cost technique to make hand crafted green and white tea. This year the Foundation will focus on developing an innovation center where more equipments for tea processing, tools to ease various agriculture activities, machines to process black tea and a miniature model of the low cost tiny home will be developed. The innovation center will also focus on developing cost effective hand operated labeling tools, packing boxes, printing blocks, etc. that can help small farmers to process their produces and sell directly to the consumers to make their agriculture activities sustainable.


EXPENDITURE BUDGET 2022-2023

1Administrative Expenses20%Rs. 14,59,333
Rent
Electricity & Water
Travel
Mobile recharge
Bank Charges
Office stationaries
Miscellaneous Expenses
3%Rs.2,18,900
Salary 5%Rs.3,64,833
Training &
Fundraising Expenses
12% Rs.8,75,600
2Direct project cost 60%Rs. 43,78,000
Land (20 Cent) in WayanadRs.14,00,000
Registration chargesRs.1,68,000
Research Center Building (1000 Sq Ft) Rs.15,00,000
Responsible Tourism Research & Reference BooksRs.2,50,000
Tea processing equipment & Research Rs.3,00,000
Tiny home research and designing Rs.1,20,000
Machines & Tool (innovation) – Design & model Rs.4,00,000
Research Coordinator (12 months) Rs.2,40,000
3TGG AID20%Rs.14,59,333
Total Budget for the financial year 2022-23 is Rs. 72,96,666 ( Rupees Seventy Two Lakhs Ninety Six Thousand Six Hundred and Sixty Six Only). Check out the funding and monitoring page for more details

RESEARCH & INNOVATION TEAM

S V LAIJU
HEAD OF THE PROJECT

Hari Kumar
Coordinator