Tripura: How Coconut plantation will prove to be boon for state’s economy
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Tripura: How Coconut plantation will prove to be boon for state’s economy

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TNT News | January 19, 2019

The Tripura counterpart of Coconut Development Board which once fastened it's activities in the state owing to the phase of insurgency , has now once again started its new venture at Hichachara, a hundred kilometer journey from here, in order to boost up state's economy with profitable coconut plantation. 

The plantation which begun a year and a half ago in a land plot of 50 Acres is eyeing to house 2,500 plants of 13 varieties of coconut, highly productive in nature. And if the project completes as it is planned to be, it will produce one Lakh highly productive seeds as well as a total fruit collection of two and half Lakh, highly demanding in nature , will be on the cards. 

There are altogether 13 variants of coconut that will be planted in the piece of land allotted by state agricultural department located in the South Tripura District at the very outskirts of National Highway 8, a place which is very ideal and known for its richness in the spectrum of agriculture. 

A highly placed official of the board based at Kerala unwilling to disclose his Identity said, it is a golden opportunity for the state and it's rural population to take advantage of such a project. This centrally funded project is designed to uplift farmer's income through offering quality training and seeds. And of course the loamy and sandy soil of the state with adequate rainfall defines it as a fancied location for all the 13 varieties. 

Drawing his concern over the productivity, he said, already the plantation of 6 species has been done such as Assam Tall, Malayali Orange and some of the yellow ones which are likely to start giving fruits within 4 to 5 years of planting. There are 4 species in the nursery too which are also very productive. Some of the others are gradually arriving the state and the deadline of plantation is retained in the fist half 2020. 

It may be mentioned that this is the second such venture in Northeast India after Assam, where a hundred Acre settled down farm is creating buzz of huge business for locals. Moreover, Chairman of the Board Raju Narayan Swamy is also likely to visit the farm this month for an inspection, added the sources. 

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