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Rubber tapper skill development programme begins
Kottayam, 23 November 2016

The programme for the skill development of rubber tappers as a part of ‘Pradhan Mantri Kausal Vikas Yojana’ (PMKVY) has began today. The first batch of training lasting for three days started in 26 centres across Kerala. Each batch comprises 30 trainees. 20 percent of the participants enrolled today are ladies. The participants were supplied with a kit having all accessories needed for tapping, along with a uniform including a T- shirt and a cap printed with the logo of PMKVY. A stipend of Rs.500/- (Rupees five hundred only) and certificate from NSDC will also be given to those who successfully complete the training programme. Sri. A Ajith Kumar, Chairman, Rubber Board addressed the trainees in the programme held at Kappumthala Rubber Producers’ Society near Kaduthuruthy, Kottayam.

The Rubber Board is implementing the scheme with the cooperation of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Rubber Skill Development Council. The programme is to be conducted in about 350 centres and will continue upto 2017 January. It is expected to train ten thousand tappers in the first phase. This is the biggest ever tapper reskilling programme in the Indian rubber sector so far. Rubber tappers and growers who do tapping in their own holdings and who are above 18 years of age can apply for the training.

One of the main reasons for decreasing yield in the traditional rubber growing areas is unscientific tapping. The Rubber Board has initiated skill development programmes with an objective to increase productivity and profitability of rubber. One way for increasing yield in the traditional rubber growing areas is to make the tapping process more scientific.

Those who are desirous of undergoing the training can contact Rubber Board Regional Offices or the Call Centre (0481-2576622) for more details.

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