WHY IN NEWS?
The government of Tripura has taken initiatives to promote commercial cultivation of Agar trees and has set a target of achieving Rs 2,000 crore business from this sector in the coming three years.
About Agar Trees
Agar (Aquilaria malaccensis) is an evergreen tree that grows in abundance in the state of Tripura. The state’s forest department has said that this species has a huge potential of creating an economic revolution in the state after bamboo, rubber and other major forestry crops. Due to low input cost for its growth and management and its intercropping adaptation could make agar a cash crop.
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