Field staff of land resource development (LRD) Wokha, Longleng and Peren concluded its exposure trip to Kottayam and Ponkannum in Kerala.
During the tour, the staff visited rubber research institute of India, rubber training institute, rubber board of India office and progressive farmers’ fields and nurseries.
Some highlights of the tour were visit to two in one rubber roller factory, smoke houses and practice of bench terrace. The team was of the view that Kerala which started rubber cultivation in the year 1902, could continue as one of the largest producer of rubber not only in India but also in the world because of the practice of bench terracing and use of improved varieties of rubber species viz. RRII 414, RRII 417.
Interacting with some of the leading scientists of the country working in rubber research, the team was highlighted on the prospects and initiatives of the central government for developing rubber cultivation in the northeastern states as it had immense potential to emerge as one of the leading rubber producing area in the country.
It was learned that the world's demand for rubber from India for the year 2020-25 was estimated at 1.4 million tons and to achieve the target, northeastern states emerged as the most promising zone, to which the government is initiating various policies and measures in this regard.
The staff while expressing heartfelt gratitude to the director, land resources development for approving an exposure trip, the team also expressed their gratitude to district project officer, Wokha C. Vanchamo Ngullie for the initiative taken in not only getting the trip approved but also acting as a team leader and caretaker in the learning process.