ERJ staff report (DS)
Kottayam, India -- The Indian Rubber Board said it is organising an intensive mass contact programme to create awareness among the rubber growers about the significance of scientific tapping and to promote modern scientific practices in all spheres of rubber plantation industry.
The meetings are scheduled to be held from 6 June to 22 July 2011. Four thousand meetings with a participation of 150 000 growers and tappers will be arranged in the traditional rubber growing belt of Kerala, Tamilnadu and Karnataka with the active involvement of the Rubber Producers' Societies, Self Help Groups, Non-Governmental Organisations and other voluntary organisations. The Rubber Board is aiming to enhance productivity in the smallholdings to the maximum so that the growers are benefited by the prevailing price.
In addition to the main theme of rubber tapping, topics like importance of replanting, climate change, quality planting materials, significance of scientific planting and maintenance of rubber plantations, rainguarding, use of Jebong knife, spraying of oil based fungicides using micron sprayers, scarcity of skilled tappers and strengthening of RPSs etc will also be discussed in the campaign meetings.
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Press release from Indian Rubber Board