INFAM (The Indian Farmers’ Movement) was founded in the year 2000 under the support of the CatholicChurch in Kerala, has filed an interlocutory case before the Kerala High Court searching for to direct the Ministry of Commerce to announce a minimum support price for rubber under the recommendations of the Rubber Board.
In the petition, Mr. Joseph Kavanadiyil, the general secretary, Infam, submitted that the Task Force on Rubber Sector had recommended the inclusion of pure rubber as an agricultural produce and for its inclusion under Minimum Support Price (MSP) coverage. The Commerce Ministry in principle accepted the suggestions and issued a letter to the Agriculture Ministry looking for their feedback.
The Rubber Board additionally sent a proposal to the Commerce Ministry requesting to implement MSP for rubber in December 2018. However, the Ministry has taken a firm stand that pure rubber doesn’t fulfil a lot of the standards for the inclusion beneath MSP.
The precise cost of manufacturing of rubber is estimated by the Board is ₹184.28, however the market price is at ₹118. The Central government has a constitutional responsibility to compensate farmers from the loss suffered as a consequence of fall in price at least above production cost, Infam stated.