Assam’s Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary called upon Chairmen cum Managing Directors of JK Tyre, Apollo Tyres, CEAT and MRF to come and invest in Assam as the state enjoys the geographical advantage of accessibility to ASEAN and South East Asian countries.
‘The ongoing project of Multi-Modal Logistic Park (MMLP) at Jogighopa will boost trade and commerce bringing Bangladesh and neighbouring countries to only 3 hours travel time from Assam’, stated the Minister during a Video Conference with Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal for promoting rubber plantation in India. The webinar was also attended by Chief Ministers, Deputy Chief Ministers, Chief Secretaries, industrial captains and senior officers of the country.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal thanked the Automotive Tyre Manufactures’ Association (ATMA) for agreeing to invest Rs. 1,100 crores for developing plantation in 2,00,000 hectares within a span of five years in North East. Acknowledging the good quality of rubber produced in North East, Goyal described the region as an ideal rubber procurement zone. ‘Rubber sale at better value in the market encourages better rubber plantation’, said the Union Minister. He urged the North East states to work out schemes and coordinate with NABARD for loan assistance to the farmers.
To a query of single window clearance by Onkar Kanwar, CMD of Apollo Tyre and Anshuman Singhania, CMD, JK Tyre, Minister Patowary stated that Assam believes in Ease of Doing Business through single window clearance of over 454 G2B services with facility for online payment and handholding support.
The Minister added that Advantage Assam has brought in investments worth Rs. 65,000 crores and with the simplified MSME Act, 2020, land bank, industrial corridor, Assam is the next destination for rubber industries to flourish. He mentioned the example of Patanjali being given land and power in record 48 hours’ time to cite the prevalent industry-friendly ecosystem in the state. Patowary assured full support of Assam Government for promoting large scale commercial rubber plantations in coordination with Rubber Board for generating employment and economic growth.
Minister Patowary in the interaction said, ‘At present, total rubber plantation in Assam is 60,000 hectares of which 26,658.58 hectares is under tapping. With annual rubber production of 31,590 Metric Ton and revenue generation of Rs. 427 crores, this sector has provided employment to 2 lakhs people.’ He also told Union Minister Goyal that this has been possible due to the efforts of the State Government and individual farmers. The Government aims to increase the rubber cultivation from the potential 1.3 lakh hectares to 5 lakh hectares.
Minister Patowary asked the Union Government to provide saplings suitable for the climatic condition of North East, planting materials and machineries to increase production, and improve the livelihood of the people. ‘Government of Assam is committed to tap and promote the huge potentiality of the state’s rubber sector. Industries and Commerce Department will soon establish nine Primary Processing Centre (PPCs) to promote rubber plantation in the state. Each PPC will cost Rs. 50 lakh and 50% subsidy will be provided to rubber farmers.’