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Take advantage of peak yield: Rubber Board tells growers
Kottayam, 30 August 2016

As the peak production period of rubber has started, growers should make all efforts to take maximum yield from their plantation, advises Rubber Board. The temporary fluctuations in price need not be a disincentive as Govt. of Kerala has assured that Rubber Production Incentive Scheme is to continue, assuring a price of Rs.150 per kilogram. Discontinuance or disruption of rubber tapping in the coming months, when yield from rubber shows an upward trend, will cause substantial income loss to farmers.

Rubber Board has taken several steps to improve production and productivity of NR in the country, in the recent months. Production of natural rubber in the country in the first four months of the current fiscal has shown an increase of 4.47 percent on a year on year basis. This indicates that the efforts implemented in the field have yielded result.

The mass contact programme to popularize low frequency tapping (LFT) to improve profitability, conducted by the Board has received a positive response from rubber growers. About 5000 growers have come forward to adopt weekly tapping. Those who adopt LFT should ensure that no tapping days are lost. Rain guarding can still be done so that no tapping days are further lost in the coming northeast monsoon.

A scheme for starting ‘Tapper Banks’ in Rubber Producers Societies has been initiated and growers can contact such Societies for more services. Rubber Board is also planning to involve members of ‘Kudumbasree’ in doing cultural operations of rubber right from planting to harvesting.

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