Horticulture can boost rural economy of Arunachal, says SBI NE chief

BANDERDEWA, Jun 14: The State Bank of India (SBI) chief regional manager (NE region) Suni Kumar Tandon has stated that horticulture sector has huge potential to boost rural development in Arunachal Pradesh. He said this on Thursday after inspecting Green Gold Integrated Farm at Tarajuli, where one lakh rubber plantation have been planted,
Appreciating entrepreneur Likha Maj for his initiative in taking up large scale rubber plantation, he said there is need for a processing plant besides forward-backward market linkage to turn rubber into white gold.
Tandon, who was accompanied by a group of senior SBI officers, including General, Manager, SBI Guwahati, DGM Guwahati, Regional Manager SBI Itanagar said that a processing plant should be installed to benefit other rubber cultivators of the state and neighbouring Assam.
Maj informed that he had taken up rubber cultivation under the state flagship programme initiated during Nabam Tuki Govt by putting rubber on its priority agenda. He appealed to the Pema Khandu led state government to give priority to rubber sector. “This sector has potential to generate employment avenues for many youths,” said Maj.