ERJ staff report (DS)
New Delhi - India's Ministry of Commerce has outlined its schemes for expanding rubber cultivation in the country. There are two such schemes in the country, namely, Rubber Plantation Development (RPD) and Rubber Development in North East (RDNE).
The Rubber Plantation Development Scheme has components for promoting rubber cultivation in traditional region (Kerala and Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu) and non-traditional regions other than North East (mainly Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Odisha and West Bengal). The Scheme for Rubber Development in North East is focused on new planting of rubber in the North Eastern States.
New technology in rubber cultivation mainly focuses on new high yielding varieties of planting materials and better agro-management practices. During 11th Plan, two new high yielding varieties of planting materials/ clones, namely, RRII 417 and RRII 422 were released.
Consumption of natural rubber in India has increased to 966,750 tonnes in 2011-12 as compared to 8,61,455 tonnes of consumption during 2007-08.
This information was given by Shri Jyotiradiya M. Scindia, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha yesterday.
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Press release from Government of India