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Quality planting materials a must to ensure good yield: Sheela Thomas
Kottayam 03 July 2014

Growers should pay due attention in maintenance of rubber plantations and in utilising technology to enhance productivity and to make rubber cultivation profitable, said Ms. Sheela Thomas, Chairman, Rubber Board. She was inaugurating a programme of the Rubber Board titled ‘Rubber Krishi – Noothana Pathakal’, at Mamman Mappillai Hall, Kottayam. The programme was organised to introduce new concepts in rubber plantation industry. Quality of planting materials should be ensured to fully utilise the potential of the newly developed high yielding clones, she added. She also inaugurated the tagging of certified rubber planting materials in the programme.

Dr. Thomas J., Rubber Production Commissioner in his introductory speech said that Rubber Board intends to utilise social media and new technology in scientific rubber cultivation, maintaining productivity and ensuring quality.

Even when good clones and good planting materials are used, proper plant protection measures also should be adopted for making rubber cultivation profitable, said Dr. James Jacob, Director, Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII). The new mini – tractor mounted sprayers developed by RRII is aimed at reducing the cost of plant protection operations, he pointed out.

Ms. Sheela Thomas also released a book on the innovations made by progressive rubber farmers. Mr. Muraleedharan Thazhakkara, Programme Executive, All India Radio, Thiruvananthapuram received the first copy. The success achieved by the Rubber Board in making Indian rubber

sector one of the best in the world in terms of productivity is a proof of the excellent work done in the field of rubber research and extension, Mr. Muraleedharan said.

Ms. Sheela Thomas also handed over the key of the Mini - tractor mounted sprayer developed by RRII and Aspee, Mumbai to Mr. Radhakrishna Hebbar, Uppalle estate, Ujire, Karnataka. The Mini – tractor is developed by VST Triller Tractors, Bangaluru. In his speech Mr. Radhakrishnan narrated the experience of using the new sprayer in his rubber estate during the last few years.

Ms. Sheela Thomas released the documentary on Tribal Development Rubber Project in the state and also Google maps of Rubber Producers’ Societies. Mr. P.G. Salimkumar, Dy. Rubber Production Commissioner and Ms. P.V. Claramma, Dy. Rubber Production Commissioner explained about these projects.

Mr. D. Anilkumar, Jt. Rubber Production Commissioner welcomed the gathering and Mr. K. Mukundan, Jt. Rubber production Commissioner proposed a vote of thanks.

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