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Rubber production set to beat estimate

India’s natural rubber production during the current fiscal year is set to outstrip the earlier estimate of 6.54 lakh tonnes.

Rubber production set to beat estimate

Production during February 2017 shows an increase of 54% compared to the same month last year. Production during February 2017 is 57,000 tonnes, whereas it was 37,000 tonnes in February 2016.

India’s natural rubber production during the current fiscal year is set to outstrip the earlier estimate of 6.54 lakh tonnes. Even with 31 days of production to be factored in, the rubber output in the April 2016 to February 2017 period has touched 6.22 lakh tonne, say Rubber Board of India statistics. This is 17.58% higher than the production during the same period last year, says a statement by Rubber Board. Last year, in the same period, the production was just 5,29,000 tonnes. Intermittent summer showers in most of the rubber growing areas and relative improvement in rubber price may translate to fairly good production in March too.

Production during February 2017 shows an increase of 54% compared to the same month last year. Production during February 2017 is 57,000 tonnes, whereas it was 37,000 tonnes in February 2016.

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Rubber Board admits, in the release, that there was a decreasing trend in the production of natural rubber for the last few years owing to untapped holdings, climate change and shortage of tappers.

Board has taken various measures at field level, including mass contact programmes to improve production and productivity, according to the Board’s statement.

As many as 10,000 tappers were trained under the skill development programmes under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana.

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