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Good quality rubber inevitable for radial tyres – N Rajagopal
Kanjirappally 01 February 2018

Consequent on the radialisation of tyres, the requirement for quality sheet rubber has gone up, said Sri. N Rajagopal, Secretary, Rubber Board. Though Rubber Producer’s Societies have been producing good quality sheets, the volume handled by them is small, and so there is much scope for private entrepreneurs in this field, he pointed. He was inaugurating the series of workshops the Rubber Board is conducting in the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for entrepreneurship development in rubber sector. These workshops are being organized by the Market Promotion Division of the Board in association with National Institute of Agricultural Marketing, Jaipur which functions under Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.

In the presidential address, Sri VN Krishnapillai, who has been functioning as the President of model Rubber Producer’s Society Kurumkanni, Kanjirappally for the last three decades, assured the participants that value addition in rubber, especially processing of latex, is a profitable enterprise. If more and more growers resort to market their produce as latex, they could not justifiably demand any restriction on imports of solid forms of rubber, he pointed out.
Dr. Ramesh Mittal, Director, National Institute of Agriculture Management (Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India), Jaipur, in his address, stressed the need for entrepreneurship development in developing countries like India. For this purpose, we had, of late , been conducting sensitisation and training programmes for prospective entrepreneurs.

Mr. MG Sathees Chandran Nair (Deputy Director, Rubber Board, Kottayam) and Mr. K K Mahadevan (Dy. Rubber Production Commissioner, Rubber Board Kanjirappally) also spoke. Dr. Binoi K Kurian (Deputy Director, Market Promotion Division, Rubber Board) welcomed the participants and Mr. S Mohanakumar (Market Research Officer, Rubber Board) proposed vote of thanks.

The objective of the programme is to attract private entrepreneurship in sheet rubber processing for improving quality of sheet rubber. Owing to labour shortage, a large number of growers are now shifting to sale of latex rather than processing their produce into sheet rubber. Inconsistencies in the quality of rubber sheets are often reported owing to heterogeneous processing techniques adopted by growers. Bulk processing in sheet making will improve the quality and bring consistency in the quality of sheet rubber. As there is an increasing demand for sheet rubber, especially from tyre industry, there is huge potential for sheet processors by collecting field latex on a daily basis and converting it to ribbed smoked sheet (RSS) grades. Sale of field latex on a daily basis to such sheet processors can fetch a better price to rubber growers as the price will be fixed on the basis of daily price of sheet rubber which is often higher than the price of ammoniated latex. Board proposes to develop these enterprises in areas where Rubber Producers’ Societies and Group Processing Centres are not involved in field latex collection and processing.

Sheet processing is an attractive venture for rubber dealers who are mostly located in rubber growing areas. Individuals, partnership firms, companies, corporate bodies, cooperative societies/unions etc. can also enter into sheet processing sector with limited investment.

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