Planter who brought rubber to India remembered

ERJ staff report (LMH)

Thiruvananthapturam, India – The Indian Rubber Board is to set up a memorial for Irish planter JJ Murphy, who introduced and popularised commercial rubber cultivation in India by setting up the first plantation, reports India’s The Statesman.

The memorial will be erected at a church cemetery near Mundakkayam in the Kottayum area where Murphy was buried in 1957.

According to historians, John joseph Murphy came to India at a young age and set up the country’s first commercial rubber plantation…

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