Upasi Tea Research Foundation
The legendary history of United Planters’ Association of Southern India (UPASI) dates back to late nineteenth century, even though, tea has been introduced and cultivated in certain pockets of southern India much earlier than 1894. The relationship between UPASI and scientific research on plantation crops can not be separated since its inception. In pre-independent era, until 1924 UPASI depends on the financial assistance provided by the then state governments of Madras and Mysore Durbar for agricultural research on plantation crops. With the auspices of governments aid, the Tea Experimental Station at Peermade, the Rubber Experimental Station at Thenmalai and the Coffee Research Station in Coorg were established, however, the experimental station at Mundakayam was administered entirely by UPASI.