Agartala, August 12, 2019:

Tripura will soon be having its own Rubber clone — Rubber Research Institute of India 429 (RRII429) that will lead to increased per area production.

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This was announced by the Rubber Board Executive Director Dr. KN Raghavan, said reports.

As per his information, a huge number of steps were taken to expand the Rs 900 crore industry in the state. This would not only develop the industry but also generate employment.

As Tripura stands as the second-largest producer of rubber in the country, it took little longer as in general, cloning takes about 20 years.

The board is also planning to name the latex collectors as latex harvest technicians instead of tappers in order to wield confidence. The board is also emphasizing on developing a soil mapping database through which it can easily map the soil and can ascertain the texture of the soil.

Initiatives like training tappers, generating more and more awareness programmes and making people aware of the ups and downs of industry have been taken up. The state government is also taking up steps like providing industrial loans by making clusters.

The Executive Director also mentioned that there are ample possibilities of small scale and priority-based industries like gloves and condoms which are a product of rubber.

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