Concerned over the shortage of skilled tappers in rubber plantations, the Centre has cleared a skill development programme under PMKVY (Pradhan Mantri Kausal Vikas Yojana). Rubber Board had submitted a Rs 15-crore scheme for this purpose.
The scheme is to impart skill development training for 16,500 labourers in rubber harvesting and processing sector in Kerala and Tripura, according to Rubber Board sources. In the first phase, Rs 2.8 crore has been allotted for training 10,000 tappers in the small rubber holders’ sector in Kerala.
Studies had revealed that rubber production and farmer income came down due to shortage of skilled tappers. The scheme will be implemented in a teamwork among Rubber Board, National Skill Development Corporation and Rubber Skill Development Council, says a spokesman of Rubber Board.