KOTTAYAM: For the first time, the Rubber Board is releasing a new Indian natural rubber (NR) clone for exclusive cultivation in the North East. The clone is developed by the Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) here. The clone named 'RRII 208' will be released during the 9th Annual Rubber Conference of the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) at Guwahati on October 17.
Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry will inaugurate the Conference. The Minister will also release the new clone by handing over a seedling to Atul Bora, Agricultural Minister of Assam.
According to James Jacob, Director of Research, RRII, a high yielding rubber clone suitable for a low temperature region is developed for the first time in the world. "The clone can resist low temperatures and diseases associated with such climatic conditions, he said. He also said that research is progressing to develop a clone for high temperature zones also.
ANRPC is an intergovernmental organization established in 1970 and has at present 11 member countries viz. Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. These 11 countries together account for around 90 pc of world NR production and 65 pc world NR consumption. The Association has been an effective forum for facilitating exchange of information, consolidation of statistics, networking and coordinated initiatives on issues confronting the NR sector.
The Session of the Assembly and meeting of Executive Committee of ANRPC are held usually once a year. Annual Rubber Conference and meetings of technical committees are also held along with this. ANRPC annual meetings are hosted by one of the member countries. India is hosting the Assembly and Annual Meetings in 2016. An Organizing Committee presided over by A Ajith Kumar, IAS, Chairman, Rubber Board is coordinating the hosting of the ANRPC events.
The 39th Session of the ANRPC Assembly and meetings of Executive Committee Meeting and technical committees will be held from 18 to 21 October 2016.
The speakers in the Rubber Conference include Sheela Thomas, Secretary General, ANRPC, Tirthankar Patnaik, India Strategist, Asian Financial Solutions Department, Mizuho Bank Ltd, Japan, Abdul Aziz SA Kadir, Secretary General, International Rubber Research & Development Board, Salmiah Ahmad, Chief Executive Officer, International Tripartite Rubber Consortium and Lekshmi Nair, Head of Economics & Statistics, International Rubber Study Group, Singapore.