Tripura exports natural rubber to Nepal
After Bangladesh, Tripura, which is the second ...
After Bangladesh, Tripura, which is the second largest natural rubber producing state in the country after Kerala, has exported it to Nepal, Rubber Board officials said in March. Rubber Board official Arunabha Majumder said an 18 tonne rubber sheet produced in Tripura was imported by a shoe manufacturing company at Biratnagar in Nepal. “The consignment was flagged off in March and was set to reach its destination in a week through the Bihar-Nepal border route,” said Majumder, who is the General Manager of the Rubber Board promoted marketing company ‘Manimalayar Rubbers Pvt. Ltd’.
Many years back Tripura had exported the natural rubber to neighbouring Bangladesh, he added. Manimalayar Rubbers Pvt. Ltd, which has branch offices in Assam’s Guwahati and Tura in Meghalaya, has been extending marketing support to the producers since 1997. At present, Tripura is cultivating natural rubber in 85,500 hectares and produces 62,000 tonne annually. More than 1.5 lakh families are directly and indirectly associated with rubber cultivation in the north-eastern state. According to the officials of the Tripura Industries and Commerce department, more than 90 per cent of the total rubber produced is sent outside the state, earning nearly Rs 600 crore annually as the state has no rubber-based industries.