Agartala, Jul 30: Tripura Tea Development Corporation (TTDC) mooted an idea to raise tea orchards in no man’s land beyond wire fence along 856 km long Indo-Bangladesh border.According to TTDC Chairman Santosh Saha, BJP-IPFT government in Tripura has been contemplating to make effective use of wasteland between the fencing and actual boundary of India and Bangladesh for tea plantation to boost the industry.He said the team including the officials of BSF has visited a pilot tea orchard at Rangamura village of Simna in Mohanpur sub-division in West Tripura in the zero lines of the border.
Besides, productive use of wasteland at the border, raising tea plantation within zero lands will also boost tourism.The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has already erected wire fence 100 yards inside of zero lines.In a few locations, farmers have been cultivating agricultural land beyond fencing and facing several problems in daily movement through designated gates with permission from BSF.“If those lands are brought under tea plantation with the support of TTDC, it would be a sustainable income source for the landowner after two years.
Moreover, those workforces can get involved in other activities like small business or promotion of enterprises or settle agriculture inside Indian Territory; they would be safe in livelihood and other uncertainty. Those tea plants beyond fencing can be the tourist attractions,” Saha said. He said this is being planned as a part of the initiatives to revive the state's tea industry and added, "A project in regard of boosting small scale tea growers across the border is submitted recently which has also got an approval to execute under border area development project and MGNREGA.” UNI