Keep cups inverted after latex collection: Rubber Board
Kottayam, May 2016
In the wake of the rains which have spread almost in the entire area of the state by now, the Rubber Board requests all rubber growers to take steps to ensure that the latex collection cups in their holdings are kept in inverted position after collecting latex. This is because rainwater getting collected in the cups is a good medium for breeding of mosquitoes.
When tapping is carried out uninterruptedly, there is little chance for the water to remain in the cups for long. But as the monsoon sets in, tapping operations may be disrupted for weeks or months together, thereby leading to proliferation of mosquitoes in rubber plantations. Rainwater may also get collected in the folds of plastic rainguards fixed on the trees and also in the old and damaged collection cups, and other utensils and old plastic sheets lying discarded in the plantations. The Board requests all rubber growers and tappers to be careful to avoid such circumstances also.