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Rubber production on the rise; Massive tapper reskilling programme begins on 23 November
Kottayam, 22 November 2016

The Rubber Board informed that production of natural rubber (NR) in the country shows an increase during the period from April 2016 to October 2016. It has recorded an increase of 10.94 per cent as compared to the production in the same period during the last year. Production during the month of October 2016 alone shows an increase of 15.4 per cent as compared to last year. If this trend continues, production of NR during the fiscal will reach the anticipated 6.54 lakh tonne.

Integrated efforts are being undertaken by the Board to improve profitability of rubber. Now, more rubber growers are coming forward to adopt low frequency tapping (LFT).

One way for increasing yield in the traditional rubber growing areas is to make the tapping process more scientific. The Rubber Board in association with Rubber Producers Societies is organizing training programmes for skill development of existing tappers from 23 November 2016. The programme is being conducted in about 350 centres and the duration of each programme will be for three days. Ten thousand tappers will be trained in the first phase. The Rubber Board is implementing the scheme with the cooperation of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Rubber Skill Development Council, under ‘Pradhan Mantri Kausal Vikas Yojana’ (PMKVY). Rubber tappers and growers who do tapping in their own holdings and who are above 18 years of age can apply for the training. A stipend of Rs.500/- (Rupees five hundred only) and certificate from NSDC will be given to those who successfully complete the training programme. Those who are desirous of undergoing the training can contact Rubber Board Regional Offices for more details.

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