'Establish rubber parks, encourage rubber-based industries'

The Union Government should establish rubber parks across the country and encourage rubber-based industries under the Make in India initiative, said former Union Minister and Kerala Congress

Published: 10th February 2018 01:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th February 2018 03:12 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

KOCHI: The Union Government should establish rubber parks across the country and encourage rubber-based industries under the Make in India initiative, said former Union Minister and Kerala Congress chairman P C Thomas on Friday. The move will save rubber farmers who are facing survival blues owing to low rubber prices and high labour costs, Thomas told reporters at the Ernakulam Press Club.
“Around 4,000 products can be manufactured from natural rubber. If the Centre establishes 100 rubber parks across India it will save rubber farmers and create more employment,” said Thomas.

“Rubber prices have plummeted to `100 per kg. With the slump in international market, there is little hope of an increase in prices. Kerala farmers produce top quality rubber but tyre manufacturers have switched to cheap crumb rubber, pushing farmers into further crisis. Now, the Rubber Board is advising farmers to produce crumb rubber. This will destroy the reputation of Kerala rubber,” he told reporters at the Ernakulam Press Club.

The Centre, the state government and the Rubber Board should initiate steps to help rubber farmers, he said. “I had submitted a memorandum to Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu seeking steps to save rubber farmers. Senior officers from the Ministry of Commerce and Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam will visit the Rubber Institute in Kottayam to discuss the issues,” he said.
The district committee of Kerala Congress will lay siege to the Kanayannur taluk office at 10.30 am on February 16 demanding the state government provide Kerala's share for the construction of the Sabari rail project. 

“As per the agreement, the state government and Centre should equally share the expenses of the rail project. The Centre allocated `213 crore in 2017 and `240 crore for 2018. But the state government has refused to provide funds,” district president of the party Vinod Thampi told reporters. State vice-chairman Ahamed Thottathil and general secretary P J Babu accompanied him.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

Asian Games 2018