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Posted on Feb 18, 05:15AM | UNI
Itanagar, Feb 17 : Chairman of the agro gramin united (agun), an Arunachal Pradesh-based voluntary organization Likha Maj, on his arrival in Kottayam in Kerala today was taken to various rubber plantation areas to have a firsthand knowledge of the cash crop.
Maj on a 10-day study tour to the Kerala district as an emissary of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki was received by the Rubber Board of India officials led by joint commissioner (Rubber production) P K Ramachandran, who escorted him during the day long trip.
Maj is scheduled to learn the knowhow of rubber production, visit the Rubber Research Institute (RRI) besides holding a threadbare discussion with the chairman to seek the Board's support for expansion of rubber cultivation in his home state.
Kottayam, previously a part of the erstwhile princely state of Travancore, is a major trading center of natural rubber in India.
With its suitable tropical climate with high humidity about 90 per cent during the rainy season, rubber trees are extensively cultivated in central Kerala, on plantations, both large and small especially in vast areas of the district. The RBI for the development of rubber industry is located at Kottayam along with a RRI.
A number of small and medium sized enterprises in and around the town are engaged in the processing of rubber latex and manufacturing of rubber products.