The NE state produces 900 metric tonnes of the spice; however, farmers receive only Rs 250 against the actual price of over Rs 1,200, says Biplab Kumar Deb
Agartala: Tripura produces good quality of black pepper but the farmers here receive less than the actual market price, regretted chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb in Agartala on Tuesday.
Inaugurating a state-level workshop on organic farming and marketing at Agartala Pragna Bhawan, Deb said that officials of the agriculture department have been directed to take initiatives for the farmers producing ‘black pepper’ in the state.
“At present, more than 900 metric tonnes of black pepper are produced in state every year but the price a farmer receives after the selling in the market is Rs 250 whereas the actual price is more than Rs 1,200. The two districts, Dhalai and North Tripura, are producing the highest quantity of black pepper,” Deb said.
The chief minister also informed that the government is also trying to marketing the ‘organic fish’ which is cultivate here in large numbers.