A boost to Agarwood cultivation in Tripura - Tripura CM meets PM Modi
By Our Correspondent, 17/07/2021, Agartala

Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who is on a three-day visit to the national capital to hold talks with Centre over fortifying Act East plans has met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday and discussed the way out of widespread cultivation and marketing of Agarwood in the state of Tripura.

Deb’s talks with PM Narendra Modi come barely months after his government in Tripura launched Agarwood 2021 policy. “PM Modi has assured of all possible aid from the centre over widespread cultivation and marketing of Agar of Tripura,” a press communiqué of the government of Tripura stated.

It stated, “Prime Minister lauded Chief Minister and the Government of Tripura for taking initiative towards State's economic development through wide spread Agar cultivation. Prime Minister thinks that this initiative will hugely benefit the state economically.”

Meanwhile, CM Biplab Kumar Deb on his tweeter handle today stated, “Agarwood and its products have immense potential to transform the economy of #Tripura. Held an important discussion with Hon'ble PM @narendramodi ji last evening on sustainable development of Agarwood sector with a focus on value addition, R&D, testing & enhanced cultivation.”

Earlier this month Deb announced for 'Ghar Ghar Agar', Har Ghar Agar' to promote the cultivation of Agar across the state of Tripura.

Deb said, "The state has the potential to do Rs 2,000-crore business from the Agarwood industry within two to three years. Currently the state has 50 lakhs identified Agar trees.”

In a bid to promote the Agarwood based industries by ensuring Ease of Doing Businesses in the state of Tripura, the BJP led coalition government has formulated a draft 'Tripura Agarwood Policy 2021' which perhaps also aims to bring yet another economic revolution in the state.

The policy which the government is contemplating to give it a final shape for its implementation aims to sustainable utilization of the Agarwood by emphasizing on all the aspects of cultivation, harvesting, processing, transit and trade. It also aims to encourage planting of Agarwood trees to provide better source of income for the growers.