Rubber industry in India should achieve global competitiveness

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Kochi: The second edition of India Rubber Meet, IRM 2015, the yearly event organized by the Rubber Board in partnership with stakeholder associations in rubber and related sectors, got off to a start in Kochi. The Meet is a major initiative of the Indian rubber industry to organise a regular forum for interaction, networking and exchange of information.

G Madhavan Nair, former ISRO Chairman and Chairman, Centre for Management Development inaugurated the meet in the presence of Dr. A Jayathilak, Chairman of Rubber Board.

In his address, Madhavan said that significance of natural rubber will continue for years and the rubber industry in India should take all steps to become globally competitive. Support through tariff protection will wane off eventually. Productivity enhancement, value addition and mechanisation are the means for achieving competitiveness. He also pointed out that satellite imaging has tremendous potential in identifying suitable areas for rubber cultivation. It can be used to assess the intensity of disease and help in crop prediction.

Jayathilak said the vital strength of Indian rubber industry is the synergy obtained through the co-existence of a well established rubber production sector and fast growing rubber products manufacturing sector.

The theme of IRM 2015 is ‘Finite resources: infinite opportunities’ which intends to cover the commercial opportunities of rubber including auxiliary activities. It is also proposed to examine the green agenda referring new sustainability goals.

The first day of IRM 2015 was remarkable with a combination of invited talks and panel discussion. Dr John Baffes (Senior Economist, Development Prospects Group, World Bank) discussed ‘World economic scenario and commodity outlook’. Frank Grothaus (Consultant, UNCTAD, Geneva) spoke on ‘Sustainable development and low carbon growth’.

Sheela Thomas, Secretary General, Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries, Malaysia; Dr. Stephen V Evans, Secretary General, International Rubber Study Group, Singapore; Dr. Abdul Aziz S A Kadir, Secretary General, International Rubber Research and Development Board, Malaysia; Gunther Lottmann, Manager, Grupo Agroindustrial de Occidente, Guatemala; and Dr. Salmiah Ahmad, Director General, Malaysian Rubber Board; were among those present on the occasion.

The two day meet concludes today.

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