Coffee Planter, Planter, Tea Planter

Minimum ? No entry barrier, Preferably 5th pass


The tasks a Planter is expected to perform include:

Determining the type of crop to be grown such as tea, coffee, rubber, etc.

Arranging and procuring seeds and other materials accordingly

Getting land cleared and prepared for plantation

Overseeing farm operations such as sowing, manuring, weeding, spraying insecticide

Taking measures to protect the crop from being destroyed by diseases, insects, and wild animals

Arranging harvesting of crop

Supervising the plucking, tapping and threshing of leaves, etc.

Supervising recruitment and welfare of employed labourers

Supervising recruitment and welfare of employed labourers

Maintaining records relating to cost of production, sale and other accounts

Conducting research about latest varieties and new technology

Arranging preservation of produce and partially processing them before marketing

Skilled in ploughing, cultivating, harvesting and other agriculture processes

Adept at operating farm machinery

Specialise in crop fertilisation, mineral nutrition, crop varieties, propagation and selection

Skilled in integrated insect, pest and disease management

Expert in optimal harvesting

Skilled in marketing and sales

Stays abreast with the latest development and technology in the field

Skilled in advanced farm management

Skilled in irrigation management

Proficient in arithmetic and accounting

Ability to plan and adhere to budgets and targets

Skilled in labour management

Expertise and hands-on experience in supervising plantation activities

Degree in Agriculture/Horticulture

Manual dexterity

Physically fit

Ability to work independently

Hardworking and persistent



Ability to negotiate

Ability to co-ordinate and lead

Ability to coach and motivate others

It is a field job

Work from home is not applicable

The candidate will supervise a team of field workers, labourers, etc

Part-time and contractual jobs may be available in some seasons

Local travelling may be required

Working hours

Working hours are not fixed Overtimeiscommonduringtheharvestingseason

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?No

Health risks include exposure to pesticides, fertilisers, extreme weather conditions, dust and equipment noise

Occupational hazards include injury to body and accidents while using heavy farm equipment

If the person is self-employed,profit will vary with the type of crop cultivated For a candidate with experience - INR30,000 to INR50,000 per month(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of Major Plantation Crops

Tea is one of the most important commercial crops of India. India is the largest producer as well as consumer of black tea in the world. Though tea is grown in 16 States of the country, there are distinctly different tea growing regions which account for bulk of production. The four States of Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala account for about 98% of the total tea production in India. The teas originating from Darjeeling, Assam and Nilgiris are well known for their distinctive quality world over.

India exports more than 2,00,000 tonnes of coffee in a year to over 90 countries of the world. It includes re-exported coffee after value addition. The top five export markets for Indian Coffee are Italy, Russian Federation, Germany, Belgium and Spain. A total quantity of 1,97,171 metric tonnes of coffee was exported from India valued at Rs.2242.64 crore during the year 2008-09.

India is the fourth largest producer of natural rubber with a share of 8.9% in world production.


Plantation owners

Agriculture co-operative organisation

Job openings are in Tier II and Tier III cities5

Rubber Training Institute, Department of Training, Rubber Board PO, Kottayam-9, Kerala, India.Phone: 91-481-2353127, 2353168, 2351313, 2353325, 2353201 India Tea Association Royal Exchange, 6 Netaji Subhas Road, Kolkata 700001. Phone:+91-33-2210 2474 Indian Institute of Plantation Management Jnana Bharathi Campus, P.O.Malathalli, Bangalore 560 056 Ph: 91-80-23211716 /ICAR institutes and universities across India1Agriculture colleges across India2