Assam and Union Ministers Review Rubber Plantation Efforts in Itanagar


Itanagar: Assam’s Industry Minister Bimal Borah and Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal attended a review meeting on rubber plantation at Itanagar on Monday. The meeting, led by Union Minister Piyush Goyal, focused on policies and programs under the Act East Policy initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, supported by Assam’s Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma.

During the meeting, various aspects of the rubber industry were discussed, highlighting its global economic impact, job creation from cultivation to manufacturing, and significant contribution to global trade and foreign exchange earnings.

The NE MITRA scheme, a joint initiative between the Rubber Board and rubber-consuming industries, was praised for boosting rubber cultivation and setting high targets for planting and production.

Industry Minister Bimal Borah emphasized Assam’s leadership in the North Eastern region with 61,716 hectares of rubber plantation and an annual production of 58,359 metric tonnes. He also highlighted the impact of Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma’s amendment of the Assam Industrial Policy, which attracted over ₹13,000 crores in investment and set the stage for a ₹22,000 crore semiconductor plant by Tata Group.

Minister Borah expressed gratitude to Union Minister Piyush Goyal for his continuous support and guidance, reiterating the state government’s commitment to making Assam and the North East a hub of industrial growth and innovation.

The meeting was also attended by Arunachal Pradesh’s Commerce and Industry Minister Nyato Dukam, Additional Secretary (Plantations) Amardeep Singh Bhatia, Assam’s Commissioner of Industries and Commerce Oinam Sarankumar Singh, former Chairman of the Rubber Board Dr. Sawar Dhanania, Executive Director of the Rubber Board M. Vasanthagesan, Director of Tribal Welfare Dept. Tripura Prabhu S, Research Officer Subodh Debbarma, and other officials and board representatives.

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