Kerala to ensure better price for rubber farmers

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015,22:24 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | Kerala Government has decided  to convene a meeting of rubber dealers to ensure that farmers are getting the price declared by the Rubber Board on a daily basis.
Briefing on Cabinet decisions, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the decision was taken following reports that farmers are not getting the declared price, a matter that was also pointed to the government by couple of tyre manufacturers.
It was just two months ago that the government evolved a special package for stabilizing the falling rubber price after holding a meeting with the heads of tyre manufacturing companies.
As per the package, it was agreed that the manufacturers  would procure rubber from producers in the State by giving 20% more of international rubber price.
It was also decided that the Rubber Board would publish the price of rubber each day and that the rubber dealers would  procure rubber at this rate. The government also decided to forgo the 5% tax and the commission of dealers was reduced from Rs 3 to Rs 1.5.
The package was not implemented and there was no end to the anxiety of farmers as the price of rubber continued to fall.
The government had expressed its anxiety and concern  regarding the situation to the Parliamentary Committee that visited Kerala recently. Kerala also made the demand that the Central government should intervene on the issue at the earliest.