State exports natural rubber sheets to Delhi

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DIMAPUR: Department of land resources dispatched natural rubber sheets from Nagaland at Merapani (Marachu Yan) Wokha to Delhi, on August 16 with additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Bhandari, Tiameren Chang as special guest.
According to a DIPR report, during the flagging off programme, Tiameren Chang lauded the efforts of the department for bringing recognition to Nagaland as a large scale, high quality natural rubber producing state.
He also said that besides bringing economic empowerment and development to the community of rubber growers, the state’s revenue would also benefit if the government set up a streamlined mechanism to check and regulate the outflow of products.
Meanwhile, district project officer Wokha, Tepunol Yore said that the department supported rubber growers under pradhan mantri krishi sinchayee yojana watershed component (PMKSY-WDC), IWMP and NABARD funded RIDF tranches, achieving an area of 6,806 ha., and covering 4,135 households in Wokha district till 2020.
DPO highlighted that plantations had covered 123 recognised villages where 1,557 Ha were being tapped with about 1,010 households directly engaged in rubber-based activities.
Tepunol Yore also informed that the district alone produced about 3,154.20 MT of rubber sheets during the year 2020 generating an income of approximately 37.85 crore.
He observed that there was increase in reverse migration of people from urban to rural areas to engage in rubber-based economic activities.
He, however, said the department had a road-map vision plan for the years ahead for increased product capacity to sell outside the state.
After the flagging off programme, a truck load with 65 MT of rubber sheets took off for Aarush Reliable Holdings, Delhi.

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