India: Programme on sheet rubber processing

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, JANUARY 31

The Board is organising an entrepreneurship development programme for growers, dealers and unemployed youth for setting up commercial sheet processing units. The workshops will be held at Kanjirappally, Kothamangalam, Mukkam, Taliparamba (Kerala), Belthangady in Karnataka and Marthandam in .

N Rajagopal, Secretary, , will inaugurate the programme at Kanjirappally, on February 1.

The workshops are being organised by the Market Promotion Division of the Board in association with the National Institute of Agricultural Marketing, Jaipur, which functions under the Union Ministry of Agriculture.

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The objective is to attract private entrepreneurship in processing for improving quality of . Owing to labour shortage, many growers are now shifting to sale of latex rather than processing their produce into .

Inconsistencies in the quality of are often reported owing to heterogeneous processing techniques adopted by growers.

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