Natural rubber producing nations urged to address common issues

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Source: The post is based on the article “Natural rubber producing nations urged to address common issues” published in “Hindu Businessline” on 13th October 2023

What is the News?

The Chairman of the Rubber Board inaugurated the annual conference of Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries(ANRPC) at Guwahati,Assam.

Where does India stand in terms of the production and consumption of natural rubber?

India is the world’s fifth largest producer of natural rubber.

India is also the second biggest consumer of Natural Rubber globally.

About 40% of India’s total natural rubber consumption is currently met through imports.

What are the challenges the Natural Rubber Industry is facing?

The challenges faced by the Natural Rubber Industry are: Low rubber prices, increased labour costs, labour shortages, diseases, climate change, environmental problems etc.

What is the INROAD Project?

Full Form: Indian Natural Rubber Organisation for Assisted Development(INROAD) project

Launched by: Rubber Board of India in collaboration with the Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association

Aim: To boost rubber cultivation across the northeastern states.

What is the Rubber Board of India?

Rubber Board is a statutory body constituted by the Government of India under the Rubber Act 1947.

Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Purpose: The Board is responsible for the development of the rubber industry in the country by way of assisting and encouraging research, development, extension and training activities related to rubber. 

Headquarters: Kottayam in Kerala. 

What is the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries(ANRPC)?

ANRPC is an intergovernmental organization established in 1970. 

The membership is open to the governments of countries producing natural rubber. 

Members: Currently, 13 countries are members: India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia​

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