The Rubber Board informed that the increasing trend in rubber production in the country continues and the production of natural rubber (NR) during the month of November 2016 shows an increase of 18.9 per cent as compared to the production during the same period last year. Production during November 2016 is 63,000 tonnes whereas it was 53,000 tonnes in November 2015. Increase in production during the period April - November 2016 as compared to the same period last year is 12 percent. Total production in the current fiscal up to November is 4,28,000 tonnes whereas it was 3,82,000 tonnes in 2015. If this trend continues, production of NR during the fiscal is expected to reach the anticipated 6.54 lakh tonne.
There was a decreasing trend in the production of NR for the last few years owing to untapped holdings, climate change and shortage of tappers. The steady increase in production can be attributed to the initiatives taken by the Board at field level, including mass contact programmes to improve production and productivity. Skill upgradation programme for rubber tappers under PMKVY is underway.