Guwahati: Presenting the state’s organic farming products before the international delegates at the 2nd NE Buyer-Seller Meet, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma projected the state as the largest economy in the north eastern region.
Sarma said that Assam has the reputation of being an industrial state because of its prolific tea, oil, coal and tourism industry.
He said, “Assam is one of the biodiversity hot spots of the country with its 312 notified reserve forests, five national parks and 20 wild life sanctuaries. Taking in to consideration of its well-established petro-chemical industry, the state can take the lead in producing green plastics which are in huge demand in developed markets. He also said that Assam is a home to some of the rarest wild life species in the world along with rich flora and fauna which offer immense scope for wild life tourism and investment.”
Sarma also said that the organic products of the state such as ginger, lemon, bhut jolokia, red rice, black rice, joha, pineapple, orange, jackfruit, banana etc have huge export potential.
He added that the bilateral and multilateral connectivity initiatives like the Trilateral Highway that goes from India to Thailand via Myanmar has given rise to a new hope. He also said that the survey and planning work on the Imphal-Moreh Railway line is underway.
Pointing at the illegal movement of good from across the border, Sarma advocated for reworking on the custom tariff system for the mutual development of all.
The meet was organised with focussed countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Thailand and Laos would also help in creating an enabling environment for the stake holders to showcase their inherent strength before the buyers.
Union minister of state for external affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh also spoke during the inaugural ceremony of the meet.