The Forest department in Tripura has announced the establishment of an Agar International Trade & Research Centre (AITRC) to increase marketing and promote the assessment of Agarwood.
The Dharmanagar subdivision of North Tripura district has more than one crore and 50 agar trade license holders. Agar trees are planted in Tripura it is an evergreen tree used for incense, perfume, and small carvings.
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“We have already begun a process to establish Agar International Trade & Research Centre (AITRC) in Agartala to promote agar trade and research. Since the fund has been allocated in the Budget, it will be opened in a prebuilt Budget, it will be opened in a prebuilt facility by March,” said the Director of Non-Timber Forest Product (NTFP) – Pravin L Agarwal on Wednesday.
The AITRC is being developed so the forest department is in contact with Commerce department to get the suitable place. The NTFP is also working in setting up of local agar market in North Tripura’s Kadamtala shortly.
The Principle Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) KS Sethi and Agarwal have already visited Kadamtala for this purpose. The growers with trade licenses will be allowed to sell the agar products in 20 stalls that be set up in the market.
The department wants to plant the Agar trees extensively in Tripura as the only local agar market is situated in Assam.
Around 10 lack saplings were planted in the year 2021 in the state and another 20 lack nurseries will be set up for the next plantation.
The agar business is being promoted through a brand titled ‘TriAgar’ by NTFP Centre and five products have been produced with Fragrance and Flavour Development Centre (FFDC), Kannauj.