March 28, 2008 / 12:53 PM / 9 years ago

Govt OKs rubber plantation, development schemes

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - The government approved schemes for rubber plantation in the country and for rubber development in the north-east worth 4.13 billion rupees during the eleventh five-year plan, it said in a statement.

Under the schemes, replantation and new planting will be carried out in 26,750 hectares in the north-east region, the statement said.

Besides the north-east, replantation would be carried out with subsidy in 30,000 hectares in traditional region and 1,750 hectares in the non-traditional region, it said.

An area of 7,500 hectares in traditional region and 2,500 hectares in non-traditional region is also proposed to be brought under new planting.

In India, Kerala is the traditional region for rubber plantation, while Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Maharastra are known as non-traditional regions.

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