Increasing exports of rubber to play a part in the economic growth of Tripura

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Agartala: Tripura has exported more than 53000 tonnes of rubber during the financial year 2020-21 to places like Jalandhar, Ludhiana, and Delhi. Transportation normally takes place through the road sector.

Substantial production of rubber sheets takes place in Tripura, where more than 90,000 tonnes of rubber are produced annually in Tripura which is having about 87000 hectares of rubber plantation.

Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), currently has started transportation of rubber sheets and products as a new stream of goods traffic from Tripura to various destinations.

NFR stated part of the BDU initiative of the Lumding division of Northeast Frontier Railway Roadshows was conducted at different locations of Tripura in co-operation with the state government conducting interactions with rubber traders.

Northeast Frontier Railway hopes that with the starting of rubber sheet and product transportation through railways, rubber growers, as well as transporters of the area, will stand benefitted, further helping in import substitution and growth of the local economy.

Rubber is mainly produced in West Tripura, South Tripura, and Sipahijala districts of Tripura which are served by railway stations like Sabroom, Belonia, Udaipur, Agartala, and Jirania. Rubber traders were informed that they can easily transport rubber from their nearest convenient railway station at a much cheaper rate in comparison to the road sector