Two flights each, consisting of 1000 kilograms of the fruit, took-off from Guwahati to Hong Kong and Dubai.
The production of natural rubber in India has shown progressive decline primarily due to un-remunerative prices. Low prices have been driving farmers to stop tapping or abandon rubber cultivation.
Diminishing interest of workers on garden based field work due to sociological change has already started making top brasses of this labour intensive green beverage industry concerned.
Sonowal said the state government is willing to invite tyre manufacturing companies to set up base in the state once production of rubber is increased.
The Union Environment Ministry will launch tomorrow a month-long drive to plant saplings, with minister Harsh Vardhan urging the states to undertake similar initiatives.
The association chairman Thomas Jacob said the crop production has come down by 30 per cent in tea, 14 per cent in rubber, 60 per cent in cardamom and 40 per cent in coffee due to drought conditions.
KDHP, the largest tea plantation in South India, had suffered heavy loss last year after a strike by the women workers.
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