A thirty one - member team of the Philippines Rubber Benchmarking Mission led by Mr. Sakiran A. Hajan, Dy. Minister of the Department of Trade & Industry visited the Rubber Board today to learn the activities of the Board in agricultural extension, research and other areas. The team was received at Rubber Research Institute by Mrs. Sheela Thomas, Chairman, Rubber Board and Mrs. K.S. Savithri, Revenue Divisional Officer, Kottayam. The Mission was accompanied by Mr. John Paul B. Inigo, Commercial Counsellor and Mr. Maricel Bruce Paunickar, Trade Assistant of the Embassy of the Philippines in Delhi.
Mrs. Sheela Thomas made a presentation to the Mission about the NR scenario of India. Dr. James Jacob (Director, Rubber Research Institute of India), Dr. C. Kuruvilla Jacob (Director, Rubber Training Institute), Mr. N. Rajagopal (Director Processing & Product Development), Mr. C.C. Chacko (Director, Licensing & Excise Duty), Mr. Ramesh B Nair (Jt. Director, Statistics & Planning), Mr. Prince Sebastian (Dy. Rubber Production Commissioner) and Mr. S.Mohan Kumar (Market Research Officer) made presentations on the activities of different departments of the Board. The Mission members also visited laboratories of the RRII.
The team will visit the central nursery of the Board at Karikkattoor, Chirakkadavu Model Rubber Producers’ Society near Kanjirappally, Kumbazha Estate of M/s Harrisons Malayalam Ltd near Pathanamthitta and Gomma Rubber Wood Factory at Manjamattom near Ayarkunnam, in the coming days. On the way back the Mission will also visit All India Rubber Industries Association, Indian Rubber Manufacturers’ Research Association, and a few rubber manufacturing units in Mumbai.