Rubber Board had declared a cash award of Rs 5 lakh to those who develop a mechanised rubber tapping device. The Board will take up further research required for its development and commercialisation, in collaboration with the inventor. Individuals / organisations who have successfully developed working models can apply for the award, to the Director, Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII), Kottayam, 686 009, with the prototype of their working models on or before August 21.
The Board has come forward with this decision as a part of its ongoing efforts to bring about technological innovations in the field of tapping and to address the problem of shortage of skilled tappers in the sector. The last date for submitting the design and prototype of mechanised tapping knife for the Rubber Board award is August 21.