"Organic Agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects".
IFOAM, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement
Makaibari’s dedicated organic practices resulted in the first tea estate in the world to be certified organic in 1988.
We take organics to a higher level by engaging in biodynamic practices – following Rudolf Steiner ‘spiritual science’ for the earth, as an holistic understanding of agricultural processes, including soil fertility, plant growth, and livestock care as ecologically interrelated tasks, emphasizing spiritual and mystical perspectives.
We evolved the diversity of biodynamic principles applying Permaculture, a new approach to best permanent agriculture practices, started 40 years ago in Australia.
Makaibari, has pioneered Fairtrade labelling in 1993. The Fairtrade Labelling Organisation (FLO), adopted all the ongoing social initiatives for the tea producers criteria in 1993 when Makaibari became the first tea estate under this global umbrella of corporate social responsibility. The social development criteria are multifaceted to suit the harsh climatic conditions prevalent in the steep Himalayan slopes. Social agro-forestry, with innovative nursery raisin and planting incentives have evolved the growing of tea with permacultural mulch, an unique agricultural practice to the farming world.