Agri Business

Rubber Board to reward developers of mechanised tapping knife

Our Bureau Kottayam | Updated on June 13, 2012

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Ms Sheela Thomas, Chairman, Rubber Board, has announced a cash award of Rs 5 lakh to those who develop a mechanised rubber tapping device.

The Board will also take up further research required for its development and commercialisation, in collaboration with the inventor. Individuals / organisations who have successfully developed working models could apply for the award.

The designers should contact the Director, Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII), Kottayam, 686009, with the prototype of their working models 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 selected designers will have to present their models and demonstrate them before an expert committee constituted by the Board. A mechanised tapping knife that can even be handled by unskilled people can make revolutionary changes in the harvesting of rubber. Efforts are under way in many of the rubber producing countries to develop such a mechanised device.

Published on June 13, 2012

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