Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has urged the Rubber Board of India (RBI) to tie up with the Government to take up joint ventures by extending financial support, technical know-how, training and marketing backup etc. to help achieve the state government’s employment target.
The chief minister insisted that high quality saplings and expert guidance for large-scale cultivation can helps expand rubber cultivation. And the chief minister also announced to seek the support of the Union Commerce Ministry.
Rubber is one of the most viable and profitable crops that could give high yield rate per hectare. The chief minister to identify more viable areas and announced that the beneficiaries would be selected transparently by the deputy commissioners for the GoAP support.
Rubber Board of India (RBI) Chairman informed that 10 districts – East and West Siang, Papum Pare, East Kameng, Lohit, Lower Dibang Valley, Changlang, Tirap and Longding – with 25,000 hectare potential area as per initial survey have been identified for rubber cultivation.
Tea and rubber is on top priority agenda of the GoAP since last year with a target of bringing 4,000 hectares under cultivation in the next five years on a mission mode. This project would create jobs for rural masses, and help set up processing industries in this industry-starved state while India could stop import.