Rubber Board and ATMA to host Sixth edition of India Rubber Meet 2022.
On Friday and Saturday, the sixth edition of India Rubber Meet 2022, a biennial rubber conference that provides a platform for rubber industries, farmers, and scientists involved in rubber research, will be held in Kochi. The Rubber Board is organizing the meeting in collaboration with rubber industry partners such as the Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ATMA).
Satish Sharma, Chairman of ATMA, will open the sessions, and among the speakers will be Sawar Dhanania, Chairman of the Rubber Board and President of All Indian Rubber Industries Association.
KN Raghavan, Executive Director of the Rubber Board, told reporters that the conference’s theme is ‘Natural Rubber For A Sustainable Future.’ The focus of the two-day conference will be on new opportunities, innovative ideas, and strategic planning for a more sustainable future.
International experts on the economy and natural rubber will speak about avenues in specialty applications, challenges, and opportunities in rubber products, supply chain management, and sustainable farming practices.
Other speakers at the Rubber Meet include John Baffes, Senior Agricultural Economist, World Bank Development Economics Perspective Group, and R. B. Premadasa, Secretary-General of the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries, Kuala Lumpur.
Around 200 farmers will attend the two-day session, along with 500 delegates from the rubber industry and the scientific community involved in rubber research.
According to Raghavan, rubber farmers were encouraged to self-tap, and approximately 42,000 farmers had begun tapping on their own farms.
He stated that the Rubber Board is focusing on the processing of rubber wood because processed rubber wood is arriving in India from other countries. Even though rubber wood was used as firewood in states such as Tripura, processing it provided a great opportunity for rubber farmers.
Using figures, he stated that approximately 25,000 tonnes of rubber products were exported from India, primarily from Kerala, resulting in a revenue of approximately ₹3,000 crores. The rupee’s depreciation against the dollar will benefit exporters.