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1. 1.WELCOME TO Sri. S.Maria Dasalfin I.A.S
2. RUBBER GROWERS PROBLEMS
3. SESSION ON 11 AUGUST 2001
4. STOP THE MALPRACTICE
5. A REPLY - COMMISSIONER OF CMMERCIAL TAXES
6. RENEWAL OF LICENSE TO DEAL IN RUBBER
7. FUNCTIONS with INVENTIONS
FEW LETTERS FROM QRMS ARE AS FOLLOWS
1.WELCOME TO Sri. S.Maria Dasalfin I.A.S
Ref No: QRMS/014/A September 28,2000
Sri. S.Maria Dasalfin I.A.S,
Rubber Board, Kottayam.
May we - the Members of the Quality Rubber Marketing Society - take the liberty of congratulating you on your assuming charge as the Chairman of the Rubber Board. We are sure under your able leadership the Board will function most effectively. The producers of natural rubber are looking forward to your help and co-operation.
We would like to enclose the following for your kind attention.
(1) A copy of the letter to the Managing Director, Rubber Mark regarding non-providing declared price of quality sheets - redressal of grievances.
(2) A representation passed by the committee of QRMS held on September 21,2000 regarding Rubber Growers problems that can be solved by the Rubber Board.
We request you to send kind reply to the above at your earliest convenience.
We wish you all the best for a long and distinguished tenure.
2. RUBBER GROWERS PROBLEMS
Sub: Rubber Growers problems- that can be solved by Rubber Board - Representation regarding -
The Rubber Board is the pioneering agency in the public sector to promote the interests and benefits of rubber growers by subsidizing the rubber production cost, marketing rubber and rubber products and assuming steady income to all those who are involved in this industry.
But on analysis of the present scenario in Kerala there is compelling need for the Rubber Board to assure the above said things to the growers.
(1) The Rubber Mark, one of the sole rubber purchasers in the public sector is procuring rubber sheets and grading them according to their convenience and sell these products at higher grades making enormous profit at expense of the growers.
(2) The Rubber Board should intervene and make the procurement and sale transparent to dispel this claim.
(3) The methods adopted to grade the sheets by Rubber Mark and price offered are to be made known to the public as per the provisions of Consumer Protection Act 1986.
(4) No viable efforts were made on the part of the Rubber Board to steady the market price of rubber sheets. This results in enhanced production and fall in prices. The Rubber Board can control the price in the market by means such as support price/import restrictions etc. through the Ministry of Commerce.
(5) An open debate/discussion with producers, dealers and manufacturers to clearly spell out the role of Rubber Board and its function in the light of the above said facts is highly warranted.
(6) This is being brought to the notice of the Chairman and to the Members of Parliament anticipating remedial action in near feature.
3. SESSION ON 11 AUGUST 2001
Quality Rubber Marketing Society is a registered organization functioning for the welfare of the rubber cultivators in Kerala State. This organization renders proper guidance for producing quality rubber sheets, purchasing and selling the products with minimum incidentals by us. All the members of the organization have the free access of information about the purchase price, selling price and incidentals incurred by us.
In addition to the above, the Organization is engaged in creating awareness among the cultivators in increasing the productivity, improving the products by timely remedial actions against diseases such as Pink, Patch Canker, Non-seasonal Leaf fall and Brown baste etc.
One of the members of this Society invented reasons for Dry Bark (Brown Baste) and its remedy by his own experiments and experiences. The Society now wants to bring this for the information and practical application of almost 9 lakhs of Rubber Cultivators through the State of Kerala, through Rubber Board.
In view of the above, the Organization proposes to conduct a discussion-cum-practical awareness-session on 11 August 2001 at 2 P.M. at the office of the Society. In this session we propose to explain the details of the invention and remedial action. We would also seek suggestions and opinions of the participants for arriving at a final report for onward transmission to the Director, Rubber Research Institute of India for evaluation and acceptance.
It is here by requested that Rubber Board may nominate at least 10 representatives from their various sections to take part in the above session.
We also would like to invite the Chairman and Rubber Production Commissioner to take part in the session and made it a grand success.
But there was no response for the above letter from the Rubber Board.
4. STOP THE MALPRACTICE
You may be aware that our Society was formed to produce, buy and sell quality Rubber Sheets. Rubber Board has promoted farmers and Societies to produce and sell quality sheets.
You may be aware that the present condition in the rubber market does not allow transparent purchase and sale particularly in the case of grade. Our members who are producing quality sheets are willing to sell these sheets to us only as high grade sheets. But if we purchase according to the correct grade we find that Rubber Mark or other dealers are not willing to purchase these sheets as the right grade sheets. In fact out of a bundle of same high quality grade sheets an arbitrary grade percentage wise as grade 4 and 5 sheets (10 percent,50 percent) and rest as IDS or ISS below minimum grade and price.
Since even Rubber Mark is doing this kind of exploitation we are unable to purchase or sell the sheets in actual grade. It is clear that in the real market below minimum price purchase is widely prevalent in the case of IDS and ISS. There fore till this anomaly is set right we continue the purchase and sale of rubber sheets.
We demand that the Rubber Board consider this as a petition and take necessary steps to immediately STOP THE MALPRACTICE. Other wise the farmers will be forced to take direct action and go for legal remedy implicating the Rubber Board as first accused.
Secretary, For QRMS
1. Chairman Rubber Board
2. Taxes Secretary, Govt. of Kerala
3. Central Vigilance Commissioner
4. The Secretary Govt. of India, Commercial Ministry, Central Secretariat, New Delhi
(All letters sent by Regd by post with acknowledgement)
A reply for the above letter received from The Commissioner of Taxes.
5. A REPLY - COMMISSIONER OF CMMERCIAL TAXES
No. F1 - 3571/02/TX OFFICE OF THE
COMMISSIONER OF CMMERCIAL TAXES
Deputy Commissioner (Legal Wing)
Quality Rubber Marketing Society
Shri Raghav, Perukavu
Peyad - PO, Thiruvananthapuram
Pin- 695 573
Sub:- Your petition dtd. 14-01-02-Reg:
Ref:- Report from the District Dy. Commrs. Of this Department.
In reply to your petition dtd. 14.1.2002 this is to inform you that the real issue alleged in the petition is certain malpractices in the purchases of sheet Rubber in the Rubber Market. Grading in Rubbers is a process adopted by the Rubber Board. So the grievance raised in the petition cannot be redressed by the Commercial Taxes Department.
DEPUTY COMMISSIONER (LEGALWING)
6. RENEWAL OF LICENSE TO DEAL IN RUBBER
QRMS/010/B dt- 20-03-03
The Deputy Director (Licencing)
Kochi- 682 003
Sub: Renewal of license to deal in rubber -
Ref your letter No: 22/1/(1) D 1418862/ 2002/LDW dt- 24-10-2002
Due to problems of grading our Society has not been buying or selling rubber sheets. Clarity in grading is not there and we have pointed out this to the Secretary Rubber Board vide letter No: QRMS/005/B dt – 14-0102.
Since this problem till remains unresolved. We are unable to resume commercial marketing operation. We therefore request you to temporarily keep our license in abeyance until proper grading criteria is made public and sample sheets are displayed at the point of purchase.
We have been communicating GRADING CRITERIA PUBLISHED BY RUBBER BOARD AS PER THE NORMS OF GREEN BOOK. A copy of this is attached for your perusal.
Thanking you in anticipation.
Secretary, For QRMS
Copy to: The Chairman Rubber Board
7. FUNCTIONS with INVENTIONS
BROWN BAST DISEASE
Deposit of clotting agents available in milk vessels are the reason for brown bast disease.The defficinency of clotting may cause for newly tapping rubber trees. This invention was brought in to the notice of farmers on 27-07-2001 through DEEPIKA DAILY. The invention from the experience and experiments of a farmer who is the Secretary of QRMS. The same matter was published in RUBBER MITHRAM on Dec 2001. To share the invention with other farmers a session was carried out by QRMS on 11-08-2001. Now the Rubber Research Institute took claims on this invention through their staff.
FEW WORDS ABOUT RUBBER BOARD as follows
Dr. N.Usha Nair of Rubber Research Institute of India is on the first step to claim the invention of the reason for BROWNBAST by latex diagnosis, which is published in the – Rubber monthly – of June 2003 printed and published by K.V.Varkey, Deputy Director (Publicity & public relations) Rubber Board, Kottayam. The above mentioned disease BROWNBAST occurring inside milk vessels on upper bark by the deposit of clotting agents on a ring shape and dries the bark below that level gradually. That is why the research have to reach up to the level of deposit of clotting agents to suggest a remedy for it. A rubber growers invention published through various media. But the Rubber Board is silent on this invention of that farmer.
FORMIC ACID REACTS ON HEAT
PRECAUTION: Use Protective Rubber PVC, Clothing, Rubber/PVC gloves, apron, boot and Chemical safety goggles. Store in a well ventilated cool, dry place. Avoid exposure to sources heat (Solar, Sparks, Flames etc). This is printed on the package of 35 kg. From this idea another invention carried out by the Secretary of QRMS by neutralizing the formic acid by dipping the Rubber Sheets in clean LIME WATTER. This is published in RUBBER MITHRAM on Mar 2002.
BURNING OF LEAVES AFTER SEASONAL LEAF FALL
Controlled burning of leaves after seasonal leaf fall protects the trees from FUNGUS and increases soil fertility. The carbon inside soil will not be lost by this process with out digging the soil which acts as fire therapy. This is published in KARSHAKA SAKTHI Feb 2003.
Selling RSS-1x sheets in the present market under the pretext of visual grading farmers are getting the price of RSS-4. The scale of grading published by the Rubber Board republished in the name of the QRMS displaying a colour photo with RSS-1x sheet.
UNIVERSAL AGRICULTURAL DRIER
A multipurpose drier for all sorts of agricultural produces using indigenous fuel at very low cast. The details of the drier has been published in the magazine KARSHAKA SHAKTHI of June 2003. Publisher - Farmers Market, Balaramapuram, Thiruvananthapuram. 695 501. Phone - 0471-2408237
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PROBLEMS AND REMEDIES OF FARMERS
Details from Apr 2003 to Oct 2003
Production: ………385115 tonnes
Consumption: ……413790 tonnes
Export: …………….28231 tonnes
Import: …………….27152 tonnes
Grade wise export and import of Natural Rubber (year 2002-2003)
RSS……....Export…. 43688 tonnes …. Import …. 11755 tonnes
Latex…......Export…..06927 tonnes…...Import……01243 tonnes
Block….....Export…..04637 tonnes…...Import……12763 tonnes
Pale Crepe Export……Nil.…………….Import …...00378 tonnes
Others……Export…..00059 tonnes……Import……00090 tonnes
Total export 55311 Tonnes for Rs. 1851238000/-
EXPORT ( 2002 -- 2003) to Rubber Producing Countries are given below
China- 13314 Tonnes for Rs. 463681000/-
Malaysia -- 9801 Tonnes for Rs -- 325841000/-
Indonesia -- 9149 Tonnes for Rs -- 282777000/-
SriLanka -- 4486 Tonnes for Rs -- 160031000/-
Exported to Singapore -- 1538 Tonnes for Rs -- 56887000/-
Export to Egypt- 162 Tonnes for Rs. 7612000/- ie. Rs. 46.98/kg When average price of RSS-1 for the period 2002-03 was Rs. 42.83/kg
Exported to Belgium - 193 Tonnes for Rs - 3448000/- That is Rs - 17.86/Kg.
Subsidy is a reason for unwanted export. Instead of import on zero percent duty on advance license, arrange the same quantity from the Government Agencies like Rubber Mark & Rubco may arrange on international price with out purchase tax. The export subsidy of Rs. 3.50 by the Rubber Board for exporters should be given to the State Government as purchase tax and in addition the Government can save Rs. 3.50 as export subsidy.Total loss of Rs 12/kg approaximately including puchasetax can be avoided.
Few points from Rubber monthly July 2003
Consumption for the year 2002 - 2003 - 695425 Tonnes
Production for the year ---2002 - 2003 - 649435 Tonnes
Cess collected by Rubber Board --do-- - 8204 Lakhs
(Details published by Rubber Board as follows)
----------------------------- Tonnes ---------------------------
1999-2000- 622265 --- 628110 -------- 20213 - 05989
2000-2001- 630405 --- 638210 -------- 08575 - 13356
2001-2002- 631400 --- 638210 -------- 49769 - 06995
2002-2003- 649435 --- 695425 -------- 26229 - 55311
For the year 2001 - (NR) 7.19 (SR) 10.47 and total NR & SR - 17.66 million tonnes.
For the year 2002 - (NR) 7.11 (SR) 10.88 and total NR & SR - 17.99 million tonnes.
For the year 2001 - (NR & SR) 17.38 million tonnes.
For the year 2002 - (NR & SR) 18.11 million tonnes.
AVERAGE MARKET PRICE
Price of RSS 4 at kottayam (for the year 2001 - 2002) -3228 Rs/100kg.
Price of RSS 4 at kottayam (for the year 2002 - 2003) - 3919 Rs/100kg.
Price for RSS 3 at Kuala Lumpur (for the year 2001 - 2002) - 2793 Rs/100kg.
Price for RSS 3 at International Market (for the year 2002 - 2003) - 4110 Rs/100kg
From January 2003 onwards reported the Singapore price as Malaysia discontinued publishing the price of RSS 2 to RSS 5 grades of Natural Rubber.
FEW POINTS ABOUT NATURAL RUBBER
Production--- 640,000 tonnes--------7270,000 tonnes
Consumption-679,000 tonnes--------7400,000 tonnes
Import----------26,000 tonnes---------5279,000 tonnes
* Not published
Source: Rubber Statistical Bulletin of the International Rubber Study Group.
Export and Import details of India for the year 2002 - 2003
Country------Qty---------Export Value-----Qty---Import Value
Malaysia--9801 tonnes--Rs. 32,58,41,000/-NP---Rs. 27,72,85,000/-
Indonesia-9149 tonnes--Rs. 28,27,77,000/-NP---Rs. 16,71,59,000/-
Sri Lanka-4486 tonnes--Rs. 16,00,31,000/-NP---Rs. -1,79,70,000/-
Singapore-1538 tonnes--Rs. -5,68,87,000/-NP---Rs. -3,51,29,000/-
Others-----1028 tonnes--Rs. -1,46,72,000/-NP---Rs. -2,78,99,000/-
Total-----55311 tonnes-Rs.185,12,38,000/-NP---Rs. 99,42,90,000/-
NP Not published
Extract from Monthly Statistics of Foreign Trade of India published by DGCI & S, Kolkata.
Export for the year 2002 - 2003 below Rs. 30/- when the Kottayam market price for RSS 4 -Rs. 39.19/- and FOB price for RSS 3 in International market - Rs. 41.10 ( Apr 2002 to Mar 2003)
Germany-------1375----Rs. 29.42/--Rs. 4,04,57,000/-
UK---------------746----Rs. 28.13/--Rs. 2,09,88,000/-
Netherlands-----315----Rs. 25.31/--Rs. --79,74,000/-
Belgium---------193----Rs.17.86/- which is very low.
FEW POINTS ABOUT PRICE STABILIZATION FUND
Average International price for RSS 3 NR for seven years was Rs. 33.34/ kg.
Price above 20% is Rs. 40.00/kg.
Price below 20% is Rs. 26.57/kg.
If the average price of 2003 above Rs. 40.00, farmers have to pay Rs. 1000/-
If the average price of 2003 below Rs. 26.67, farmers can withdraw Rs. 1000/- (Since the statutory minimum price for RSS 4 grade NR is fixed as Rs. 32.09 as per Rubber Act 1947 the benefit of price stabilization fund will not be made available to rubber growers when the price falls below that level.)
If the average price of 2003 within the price band farmers have to pay Rs. 500/- and the Govt. will pay Rs. 500/-
At present farmers have to pay Rs. 1000/- for the first year itself because the average price in India is above Rs. 40.00.
Farmers below 4 hectares can deposit Rs. 500/- which will not be given back and the account must be in the name of farmer.
Estimated that within the price band farmer's deposit of Rs. 5000/- can withdraw Rs. 13,500/- to Rs. 14,000/- after ten years.
For the capital of Rs 500 crores Central Govt. will give 482.88 crores and the balance Rs. 17.12 crores from farmers.
It begins from April 2003 and after ten years can withdraw the total of share and interest.
PLEASE FIND OUT THAT THIS PRICE STABILIZATION FUND IS BENIFICIAL TO FARMERS OR NOT?
EXPORT & IMPORT BY RUBBER PRODUCING COUNTRIES
FEW POINTS ABOUT INDIAN RUBBER STATISTICS Vol. 26 - 2002
In the year 2002 - 2003 Natural Rubber exported from India was 55311 tonnes for Rs. 185,12,48,000/- and import was 26229 tonnes for Rs. 99,42,90,000/- .
Rubber producing countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Singapore- which is not a rubber producing country- are also in the list of countries for export of NR from India and import vice versa. In the list published by Indian Rubber Statistics Vol. 26 - 2002 (Ref page No. 21 & 42) in the columns the countries mentioned as - Others - are not specified clearly. Whether they are rubber growing countries or not. The export of NR to Belgium was Rs. 17.86 per kg and export to Egypt was Rs. 46.98 which is higher than International price. The International market price (FOB price for RSS 3) for NR was Rs. 41.10 for the year 2002 as per the statistics. Total production, consumption and export shows great deficiency up to 83,000 tonnes.
A letter to Agricultural Director
The kind attention of those interested in the Manufacture of quality rubber products.
With service as its guiding motto, Quality Rubber Marketing Society (QRMS) was formed and registered under the charitable societies act with the Reg. No: T-1745/99. Its main objective is to help the members in increasing the productivity and improving the quality of rubber sheets. With the end in view, I would like to focus on the following points.
Regarding the cultivation and production of rubber, the Rubber Board has performed a highly credible role. There are several Producers Societies in Kerala, but only a few of them are functioning effectively. The reason is that they are being used only to exploit the farmer. The Central and State Governments have also been not very effective in solving the cultivators problems.
The most serious problem faced by the cultivator is the exploitation by the middlemen, as the farmer has no direct contact with the Manufacturer. Encouraging the small-scale farmer to produce high quality Natural Rubber and bring out awareness in him about grading by displaying samples of various grades, making sure that the graded rubber produced by each farmer after approval and collection by the QRMS is sold directly to the Manufacturer without middlemen are some of the goals of this Society. There should be a marking on each package to help the Manufacturer in identifying the producer for any possible defect. It is the purpose of the Society to encourage the production and delivery of superior quality rubber to the Manufacturer and at the same time ensure a fair deal for the farmer without having any intervention by the middlemen.
The other aims of the society are listed below.
1. End the practice of buying on low quality rubber and selling it as high quality under the pretext of the visual grading system.
2. Display samples of sheets of various grades.
3. If possible, arrange for computerised grading.
4. Bring the cultivator and the Manufacturer together to solve any problem that may rise.
5. Organise the unorganised farmers.
6. Ensure the increase in production and availability of superior quality Natural Rubber through proper tapping and processing.
7. Develop a good work force and give them necessary encouragement.
The secretary of the society who makes RSS -1x sheets provides training and co-operates with all members of the society and their workers in making similar grade sheets.
Since Natural Rubber is not available in most of the countries of the world. We can export products, that confirm to International standard, from Natural Rubber to several countries at fair prices avoiding the marketing segment taking undue advantage. This will create more employment opportunities and help to obtain a place for Natural Rubber in the world market.
(Copy of the letter sent to the Director, Agricultural extension management on 05 April 2000)
Due to problems of grading our society has not been buying or selling rubber sheets. Clarity in grading is not there and we have pointed out this to the secretary Rubber Board vide letter No : QRMS/005/B dt 14-01-02. Since the problem till remains unresolved. We are unable to resume commercial marketing operation until proper grading criteria is made public and sample sheets are displayed at the point of purchase. We have been communicating grading criteria published by the Rubber Board as per the norms of Green Book.
Farmers stisfaction is our motto.
MEMORANDUM OF QRMS
A memorandum of Quality Rubber Marketing Society –seeking redressel of problems of Rubber Growers. (Translated in Malayalam and published in RUBBER MITHRUM on May 2002.)
The rubber growers are facing very grave problems consequent to fall the prices of Natural Rubber and the arbitrary policies adopted by the Government in this regard.
We the Quality Rubber Marketing Society members feel that many of the real issues can be sorted out and remedial measures initiated within the preview of Govt. provided these problems are scientifically analysed and discussed with the Rubber Growers as well as utilisers.
The memorandum enclosed points out very pertinent areas of deficiencies along with possible remedial action that can be done with in the existing frame work and jurisprudence of the Government of Kerala.
We fervently hope that the Govt. of Kerala Ministry of Agriculture, Industry, Commerce and Trade will bestow its judicious attention to the issues enumerated in the memorandum and initiate suitable actions. We also state that we as Society are willing to work with the Govt. to study these problems and finding out viable and sustainable answers.
Secretary, for QRMS
1. BAN OF IMPORT
We welcome the announcement of the Central Government ban on import of natural rubber. However we wish to propose that it would be extended to cover ALL FORMS OF NATURAL RUBBER including nominally or partially processed natural rubber, which is used as industrial raw material. This will prevent exploitation of certain loop holes in the present polisy.
2. PRICE FIXATION ANOMALIES
Central Government had fixed a bench mark price of Rs. 34.05 in 1998 for Grade 4 sheets on the basis of cost of cultivation. However on 12-09-2001 the minimum price of Grade 4 and 5 natural rubber was announced as Rs. 32.09 and Rs. 30.79 respectively.
(a) Cost of cultivation has gone up since the bench mark price was worked out in 1998. But the minimum price is fixed in 2001 much lower than the bench mark price.
(b) There is a need of transparency in calculation of cost of cultivation and it should tally with Reality.
(c) Rubber Board actively encourages farmers to produce quality rubber sheets but the Central Government does not even seem to recognize Grade 1,2 & 3 sheets and so far no minimum price is fixed for these Grades.
3. ARBITRARY GRADING OF RUBBER SHEETS AND LATEX
Price fixed on the basis of Grades of the quality of rubber. But this is the dark area, which is the same cause for all exploitation of farmers as well as cheating of Govt. Although a Technical Grading Cell exists in the Rubber Board, which is supposed to enforce proper grading, it does not even supply or force to exhibit A GREEN BOOK as done elsewhere in the World. Farmers are at the mercy of unscrupulous dealers including, RUBBER MARKETING FEDERATION etc, who exploit them by unscientific method of Grading known as VISUAL GRADING. The Rubber Board requires all dealers to mandatory reports of the Grade Wise rubber procured by them every month. In fact after the declaration of the minimum price for Grade 5 even the figures of the Rubber Marketing Federation show purchase of sizeable quantities of Insufficiently Dried Sheets (IDS) and Insufficiently Smoked Sheets (ISS) at rates much lower than the Grade 5 minimum price. Rubber Marketing Federation and all co-operatives must buy only quality sheets ie up to Grade 5. This will ensure that farmers producing quality sheets are not forced to sell ISS, IDS etc. This will encourage production and trade of quality sheets and poor quality (below Grade 5) is anyway being purchased by unscrupulous private traders. Purchasing at low price any where below minimum price is also another means of paying LESS PURCHASE TAX to the State Government. A clean case of TAX EVATION. In fact a purchase tax or cess on the basis of purchased quantity at least at Grade 5 minimum price will prevent this. All these points to the need for an urgent revamp of the grading system with independent assessors including farmers representatives. A thorough enquiry into the massive fraud on farmers and Govt. perpetrated on the basis of arbitrariness in Grading is imperative. We also remind that purchasing below Grade 5 is violative of existing act, and at least Government/co-operative institution should no be party to it.
4. REDUCING THE HOLD OF - MIDDLEMEN –
It is quite evident that lack of control of the middleman/dealer is responsible for all market imperfections and exploitations. Public auction of rubber, periodically, in rural areas under the supervision of local and/or State Government will bring about transparency, tax compliance and prevent exploitation. Grading experts from Rubber Board or independent grade assessors can supervise this operation in a public auction under the eyes of all local farmers and enforcement agencies.
5. FISCAL MEASURES
Proper Grading and open transaction will effect tax complacence for the State (ie 11 percent of purchase value as tax) in addition, all finished rubber products coming in to the State can be taxed additionally to subsidies the purchase price of natural rubber. It can provide farmers in Kerala a viable means to ensure fair price for their produce and encourage rubber-based industries to be set up in the State.
6. GOVERNMENT PURCHASE
For the long term solution of the problem it is essential to promote industrial unit based on natural rubber by offering suitable incentives including allowing a higher price, similar to SSI units, for all Govt. and public sector units purchases. Rural industries attracting workers and investments from the rubber growing sectors will help integrate the producing as well as consuming sectors of natural rubber.
7. RUBBER TECHNOLOGY MISSION
To make available cutting edge technology in rubber product manufacturing, a State sponsored technology mission to scout for sophisticated technology, design and products, should be set up in a novel manner so that it does not become another ineffective drain on State sources. Industrial ventures may be provided incentives to set up modern rubber based product manufacturing units, utilizing the know how and even joint venture offers available through this Rubber Technology Mission. In fact this could showcase technology, products and joint venture proposals with both DOMESTIC and FOREIGN participation. R&D and venture capital proposals may also be promoted through this self-financing institution.
8. RUBBER GROWERS WELFARE AND INSURANCE FUND
To cater to appropriate needs of the rubber producers/growers, a welfare fund with contribution from industry which uses rubber, Central and State Governments as well as the growers themselves should created with novel financing schemes and programs including PRICE INSURANCE, and even FEATURE TRADING.
9. A STUDY ON THE ROLL OF RUBBER BOARD
An appraisal of the changes required in the roll of the Rubber Board on the basis of its organizational structure, conduct and performance is urgently called for so that public money is effectively and efficiently utilized to achieve stated objectives which change with time.
10. REPRESENTATION OF FARMERS ORGANISATIONS
In all bodies concerning farmers, representative of farmers organizations (not full time politicians) would find representation, to settle the inequalities, inadequacies and imbalances in all areas of rubber production, marketing and trade. Eg. Agricultural Prices Board of State Government.
PRESIDENT SECRETARY TREASURER
A LETTER TO THE PRINCIPAL SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF FINANCE
GOVERNMENT OF KERALA
Sub: Memorandum of QRMS regarding transparency in grading of Rubber Sheet and remedial action – Submission of evidences – called for Tax Evasion by rubber sheet procuring agencies.
The following documents press release and other paper evidence of our contention in the memorandum dated 03-04-2002 regarding arbitrary grading and Tax Evasion of rubber sheet procurement agencies in Kerela are submitted for favor of suitable remedial action.
1. Bills (Photostat) issued by Kerala State Co-operative Rubber Marketing Federation, Thiruvananthapuram (Evidence of purchase effected at Rs. 21 to 27/- per kg from Mr. S.Chandrasekharan Nair, for 151 kgs during 12-01 to 02-02, while the grade 5 sheet prise was fixed at Rs. 30.79)
2. Press Release Rubber Board dated 25-09-02 Mathrubhoomi – stipulating that the sheets are graded as per GREEN BOOK and price are fixed. (Evidence to bring home that green book is the basis of grading sheets and that green book based grading is to done in all procuring centers). Since this is not done they have created scope for arbitrary grading.
3. Litigation against Marketing Federation for purchasing sheets below the minimum support price from Mr. Baby Cyriac, Kozhuvanal Vadakkekattu, Pala – paper cutting Mathrubhoomi dated 08-12-01.
1. DISPLAY OF GREEN BOOK: Green book should be displayed in all procurement centers and grading is to be made as per the green book, to prevent procuring sheets as IDS and ISS. This assures the due price for the sheets to the farmer as well.
2. PURCHASE TAX IS TO BE LEVIED/KG PROCURED RUBBER: The purchase tax is levied at present based on the price offered to the farmers at the time of procurement of sheets by the purchaser. When the procurement price is below the fixed minimum support price there is huge TAX EVASION resulting in very heavy loss of income to Government. This can be done away with if purchase tax is levied per kg weight of the procured sheets. In that case what ever may be the price of the procured sheets, the tax being due to Govt. cannot be denied since the tax is assured is done based on weight.
3. PUBLIC AUCTION OF RUBBER: It is quiet evident that lack of control of the middlemen dealer is primary responsible for all market imperfections. Public auction of rubber periodically, in rural areas under the supervision of local and /or State Govt. will bring about transparency, tax compliance and prevent exploitation. Grading experts from Rubber Board or independent grade assessors can supervise this operation in public auction under the eyes of all local farmers and enforcement agencies. Agricultural and rural development department along with taxes department should arrange these periodic auctions as per market requirement so that demand and supply are streamlined. Panchayat should provide the infrastructure at the local level. Farmers should be allowed to unload their sheets as it may otherwise, lead to another kind of exploitation.
Ref No 11090/CM/2002
Forwarded to SECRETARY, AGRICULTURE
We welcome the decision and welcome the announcement of the Kerala State Govt. to postpone recovery proceedings of FARM LOAN ARREARS from farmers in the State till the end of June 2002. We expect definite and effective implement action of the Govt. decision urgently.
We represent small and medium rubber farmers who have been struggling for survival due to the adverse price condition prevailing in this State during the last few years. We wish to bring to your kind notice a few points regarding the farm loan particularly related to rubber cultivators. We urge immediate action staying all recovery measures of farm loans distributed through Co-operative Banks and Nationalised Banks until effective alternate solution are worked out and put in force by the Govt.
20-05 02 Yours faithfully
QUALITY RUBBER MARKETING SOCIETY THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
URGENT MEASURES CALLED FOR ON FARM LOANS
1. QRMS welcome the Govt. who acknowledged the plight of farmers and taken the decision to defer/postpone loan recovery measures till the end of June 2002. But many of our members are already bring threatened by Co-operative Banks and Nationalised Banks with recovery measures including publication of list of defaulters in newspapers and subsequent action immediately. Neyyattinkara Co-operative Agricultural and Rural Development Bank has fixed this deadline as May 2002. Immediate direction from the Govt. to the Managing Director at the head office at Thiruvananthapuram (opposite to the Secretariat) and Secretary Neyyattinkara Co-operative Agricultural and Rural Development Bank are necessary to postpone recovery measures. Confidence of farmers that this Govt. really intends to help them can be established only through such specific expeditious action.
2. Rubber availed in late 80 s and 90 s were based on certain projections of price and income indicating repayment capacity of farmers. But it is common knowledge that these projected figures were never achieved.
FARMERS ARE NOT WILLFULL DEFAULTERS. They need to be helped with possible measures enabling them to repay all arrears without Bank/financial institutions suffering any loss or liability. We suggest a few such possible steps to be initiated and implemented by Govt. in this regard.
(a) REPAYMENT HOLIDAY may be declared for two years on all current farm loans like Rubber Planting Loans.
(b) SPECIAL DEBT CLEARANCE ASSISTANCE LOANS. Depending upon the current valuation of land security and any other securities special loans from same Bank/financing institution willing to offer such loans to clear existing loans must be offered to farmers on the basis of the initiative taken by Govt.
This will (a) help farmers to repay all outstanding arrears/clear current loans avoiding harassment.
(b) help farmers avoid penal interest and high rate of interest prevailed earlier on current loans.
(c) help farmers who have pledged their entire farm land to avail loans many years ago and have paid up a good portion of the loan already to avail assistance to carryout necessary current work on the land or acquire capital assets including tools implements, machinery, smoke house, storage sheds, houses, industrial machinery etc. On the strength of land-security and any other securities already pledged for earlier loans. This will help to overcome stagnation in farm investment, increase productivity and modernize the farm sector.
(d) Enable to get full repayment on existing loans reducing their Non-performing Assets (NPA) drastically.
(e) Establish the changing roll of Govt. as an effective facilitator rather than being a meager trivial provider (subsidies etc.) without any financial burden what so ever.
At least Co-operative Banks can be directly influenced by immediate State Govt. directions. NABARD can be requested to initiate steps in this matter. Central Govt. assistance as well as direction to Nationalised Banks/Financial Institutions must be secured and utilized for this purpose.
3. FARM LOAN ADALAT
Many of the unorganized less educated farmers are being exploited by unscrupulous Bank Officials and even Bank themselves. Financial organizations such as Banks, Rubber Board, RBI etc must be brought together along with aggrieved farmers by State/local Self Govt. to settle grievances in an open and transparent manner before conciliation an appellate authority so as to prevent exploitation of farmers and subjecting them to unwanted legal proceedings and harassment, by even utilizing State Govt. machinery such as Co-operative Department Officials etc.
4. OPEN SEMINAR ON FARM LOANS
This will make farmers aware of existing farm loans with all relevant details as well as the help of Govt., Banks/Financial Institutions policy advisory bodies and institutions (eg- Rubber Board) to cater the changing needs of farmers. Any required change in Govt. assistance/policy will become evedent.
5. A REWARD SCHEME
A reward scheme to those Institutions or individuals may be introduced in favor of honest farmers who actually spend the loan finance to the real purpose. This will also reduce corruption promoted by unscrupulous Bank Officials and dishonest people who use Bank Loans for illegitimate/non-bonafide uses. Unless a reward system is introduced no one will have the incentive to bring such facts to light. Govt. will be immensely supported by such watchdog action from society at large.
We once again repose faith in this Govt. to help ameliorate the poor condition of farmers and help them to overcome their farm loan debt problems in an honorable and honest manner with out being subjected to harassment, humiliation and suicide.
Thiruvananthapuram For QRMS
(This matter published in RUBBER MITHRAM on July 2002)
Ref No. QRMS/008/------/B Date – 27-01-03
40 Officials were invited
Rubber cultivators in Kerala have been going through very difficult time since a few years now. Their problems have been highlighted by the media and discussed in many public forums. Steep fall in the price of Natural Rubber since 1977 is the root cause of the problems. But other problems including grading exploitation by the dealers have been identified, brought to the notice of those concerned and partially rectified.
One of the most important problems faced by almost all farmers is the problem regarding their Rubber Development Loan availed from various Banks. NABARD in collaboration with Rubber Board utilizing World Bank Funds, has been providing refinance to the Banks which provide loan finance to the farmers at very reasonable terms. But there are many problems faced by both the farmers and the Banks in the implementation and on loans repayment. It is common knowledge that farmers are willing to repay their loans but need help to do so.
We wish to organise a meeting at 2 PM on 15 Feb 2003 at Thiruvananthapuram of farmers and officials NABARD, Rubber Board, Banks and the Govt. to look into the problems on a overall as well as case by case basis and evolve remedial steps. We hereby invite you to participate in this function in your official capacity so that meaningful and definite results are obtained.
We are thankful to Sri. B.R.K.Murthy, Dy. Dir/N.H.B./Thiruvananthapuram and Sri Hariharan retired Jt. R.P.C, Rubber Board for participating in this function.
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LETTERS TO RUBBER MARK
Ref. No. QRMS/013/A Date: Sep, 16,2000
The Managing Director
Kerala State Co-operative Rubber-
Marketing Federation Limited
P.B.No: 15, Kochi 682 020
Sub: Non-providing – declared price of quality Rubber Sheets – redressal of grievances regarding.
Ref: (1) Rubber Statistical News 7/2000
(3) Mathrubhoomi – Community price – published up to 2/9/2000
(4) Rubber Bhavan News Vol II issue 3 – July – Sep. 2000
The Quality Rubber Marketing Society, Thiruvananthapuram – a concern for the promotion of Quality Rubber Sheets production and enhancing the income of the rubber growers by availing maximum eligible price for quality sheets – have the following grievances as regards to prices appraisal for quality sheets and grading of Rubber Sheets by the Kerala State Co-operative Rubber Marketing Federation Ltd.
The members of the society engaged in quality rubber sheets production and when sold their produce at Kerala State Co-operative Rubber Marketing Federation Ltd procuring center Thiruvananthapuram on 21/06/200 were not provided justice in –
i. appraisal of price
ii. grading of sheets
Appraisal of price
The price published as in the reference RSS-1 and 2 is Rs. 3,450/- but provided was only Rs. 3,375/-
The Rubber Dealers Federation Publication RUBBER BHAVAN NEWS in page 25 points out the fact that the rise in price in RSS- grade 1 (in the recent past) was not extended to the public by the procuring agencies.
Grading of sheets
The QRMS also has a grievance that the sheets that were sold to the Rubber Mark Thiruvananthapuram were actually RSS-1 grade but arbitrarily graded by the purchasing agency as RSS-2.
To assure justice to the Rubber Growers, who were very badly effected by the falling prices, the due price eligible to them, we demand that public sector Co-operative Rubber Mark should provide ie., the actual cost shown in dailies to the rubber growers. A scientific system of grading rubber sheets to dispel the apprehension of the sellers as well the rule of convenience adopted by the buyers to suit their gain is to be enforced.
As per a statement given today by the Kerala State Co-operative Rubber Marketing Federation the price of quality sheets is Rs. 31/kg only. It is an example of the grievances mentioned above.
Secretary, For QRMS
Encl: (1) Photostat copies of item 1 – 3 shown under reference
(2) Bye law of the QRMS
Copy to : Shri M.K.Vidyadharan
Director, Rubber Mark
(Reply for above letter from Rubber Mark received as follows)
Ref: RPI: 108: 2792: 2000-01 30-9-2000
Ref:- Your letter No.QRMS/013/A dated 16-9-2000
This has reference to your letter cited above regarding non-providing of declared price of quality rubber sheets, We have gone through the contents of the letter and the following are our comments:
a) The sample sheet that you have given does not conform to either RSS 1x or 1, mainly on colour and smoking.
b) The price of RSS 1x published in – Malayala Manorama – is the average price of RSS 1x transacted during the previous week.
c) We buy all grades of rubber based on the daily market rate only.
d) The premium offered by major tyre companies for good quality RSS 1/1x is only Rs. 2.50 to 3 over RSS 4.
Hope you will understand the situation and will co-operate with us.
Copy to Trivandrum branch
We sent a letter for the above and did not get any reply from Rubber Mark as follows:
Ref: No.QRMS/015/A October 10,2000
The Manager (Technical)
The Kerala State Co-operative
Rubber marketing Federation Ltd
P.Box No. 15, Gandhi Nagar
Cochin 682 020
Sub: Rubber growers problems regarding marketing – viz. grading and pricing – regarding
Ref: (1) RPI: 108: 2792: 2000-01 dated 30-09-2000
(2) Letter No. QRMS/013/A dated 16/9/2000 from the Secretary, QRMS.
This is with reference to your letter dated 30/9/2000 regarding grading of rubber sheets and price appraisal.
On studying the issues related to grading of rubber sheets and price appraisal, the following points are brought to your knowledge for urgent redressal.
(1) The public sector under rubber sheet purchaser Rubber Mark is procuring sheets and grading them according to convenience and sell these products at higher grades and rates making enormous profit at the expense of the growers.
(2) To dispel this claim, the procurement and sale of rubber by Rubber Mark is to be made transparent.
(3) The Rubber Mark is also bound to make known to the public as per the provisions of the consumer protection Act 1986, the methods adopted by the Society to grade the sheets and price offered for different grades.
(4) The price offered for buying and selling different grade sheets are not displayed by the Rubber Mark so far. Unless this is done your contention in para (b) (c) and (d) can be sustained.
(5) THE QUANDUM OF SHEETS PROCURED under each grade and the QUANDUM OF EACH GRADE SOLD is to be ascertained to find out whether Rubber Mark is Rubber Mark is getting more premium or not, as well as to know whether sheets are procured as lots and sold after grading.
(6) The daily market price claim of Rubber Mark is also false, since the daily price of RSS 1x, 1, 2, and 3 are not published by any Dailies in Kerala.
All these points to the fact that Rubber Mark is not rubber growers friendly and the minimum protection eligible for rubber growers as per relevant consumer Acts are not provided. Being a Public Sector concern functioning under the Co-operative department, the Rubber Mark has to answer the above said queries with the seriousness it demand and redress the grievances at the earliest.
We may be constrained to approach judiciary if remedial action to redress our grievances are not made known within a period of 80 (eighty) days.
Secretary, For QRMS
cc.(1) Honourable Minister for Co-operation, Kerala
(2) Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala, Trivandrum
(3) Managing Director Rubber Mark, Cochin
(4) Secretary Department of Co-operation, Govt. of Kerala
(5) The Registrar, Co-operative Department, Govt. of Kerala
TO SHARE OUR INVENTIONS WITH OTHER RUBBER GROWERS
Ref No. QRMS/006/B Date: 28-01-02
Quality Rubber Marketing Society is a body of actual Rubber Growers particularly small farmers who are trying to improve in production and marketing of Natural Rubber. The members of this society discuss and share their experiences, observations and solutions to problems in a transparent and selfless manner. All the benefits from these activities are shared equally and any proceed from these activities is only used for undertaking further activities.
I am the Secretary of this society and the benefits of the results of my experiments and discoveries are dedicated entirely to this Society. Some of these have been published in popular journals, news papers and public forums. But I find that The Kerala Agricultural University can help us in some of these experiments, to find out how some of these observations and experiments and results can be proved with theoretical backing and laboratory support. In return we are willing to offer the Rubber Plantations of our members for observations and experiments of your University that is a mutually supporting and purposeful University-Farmer linkage.
In particular I wish to put forth before you our observations and results regarding BROWNBAST (pattamarappu) (please see enclosures). I feel that it is necessary to study the CLOTTING PROCESS in rubber trees in greater detail and identify ways and means to control the action of clotting agents.
We look forward to immediate and expeditious action on your side because we do not want to let the farmers suffer from this problem any longer. If there is any problem in this regard kindly let us know so that we can approach some other appropriate institution.
Thanking you in anticipation
A E-mail letter on six inventions of a rubber grower sent to International Rubber Study Group on 27-06-2003
1. Brownbast due to Clotting Agents
2. Fire therapy for fungal diseases
3. Formic acid reacts in heat
4. Chlorophyll grows in new bark
5. Petroleum product like rubber coat to avoid
6. Universal Agricultural Drier to dry rubber sheets within 24 hours
Page No. 5
WELCOME TO THE INVENTIONS FROM FARMERS EXPERIENCES
INSTEAD OF RIBBED SMOKE SHEETS SOLAR DRIED SHEETS ARE BETTER IN QUALITY
From this types sheets different colours of finished products can be made available. Air Dried Sheets are available in the International market.
USEFUL INFORMATION TO RUBBER GROWERS TO REDUCE PRODUCTION COST
1. Save the rubber trees from BROWNBAST.
2. Avoid fertiliser from April to July.
3. Fire therapy for fungal diseases.
4. Avoid rubber coat and permit to grow chlorophyll.
5. Neutralise formic acid and use sunshine to dry the sheets.
6. Avoid rain guard and shade due to the non-availability of photosynthesis in winter.
7. In the winter dry time of a day can be used for taping.
8. In the summer lace application of diluted ethephon can be used for the removal of clotting agents.
9. Dry the sheets in winter in smoke house with more efficiency.
10. Use organic manure to the rubber trees and permit the earthworms to generate.
11. Downward taping from lower level to the top level step by step.
12. Ensure co-operation of work force, farmers and manufacturers etc.
A TRIAL ON BROWNBAST BY THE APLICATION OF MAGNESIUM SULPHATE
For younger rubber trees at tapping stage application of magnesium sulphate will allow late dripping and will cause the disease BROWNBAST due to the deficiency of clotting agents. But on the BROWNBAST affected trees the upper bark (MORI) produces more thicker than other trees. If any tree affected the disease it spread to the nearer trees by watching. The clotting agents moving upwards and blocks the flow of latex downwards up to the end of the roots. As a remedy I (Secretary, QRMS) applied 350 grams of factomphos, 150 grams of magnesium sulphate and 200 grams of potash for 300 rubber trees as a trial to avoid BROWNBAST on 03 - 10 - 03. The result of this trial will be published after May 2004. If the deficiency of magnesium is the reason of BROWNBAST for tapping trees after three years of tapping we can solve the problem by the controlled application of magnesium sulphate periodically. It is an advance information of a trial with maximum confidence. Thankful to Dr. THOMAS VARGHEES for the valuable advice given for a trial on my own risk.
I have total 419 trees and tapping on 360 trees, Magnesium Sulphate applied for 300 trees and balance 119 trees applied fertiliser except Magnesium Sulphate. I felt the result of the application of Magnesium Sulphate in increasing dripping with high DRC. On low DRC the distance between two tapping days can be increased to save the tree from BROWNBAST AND TO MAINTAIN MILK VESSELS with flow of latex.
In the case of high yielding verities of rubber trees if a scratch is made on the newly formed bark the green plant pigment chlorophyll will be seen were as in the case of trees affected by TPD (tapping panel dryness) no such phenomenon will be seen. This clearly reveals that the malady of tapping panel dryness is created by the deficiency of magnesium neutrines and which may be corrected by the application of Magnesium Sulphate.
Another trial in modified tapping get a result as 1 kg from 5 trees for 85 trees on 18 - 10 - 03. Trial is done in few trees only. (It is the result of the application of Magnesium Sulphate and the removal of Clotting Agents above 35 DRC). Once again I am thankful to Dr. THOMAS VARGHEES for this gain.
RESULT OF UPWARD TAPPING FROM EXPERIENCE
Increase in yield for a short period is harmful for the rubber trees. Now I felt that by this type of tapping the clotting agents moves upwards and will not permit the latex to flow through the milk vessels downwards up to the end of the roots. This action of clotting agents results BROWNBAST disease which will effect on productivity. That is why always tapping must be done downwards and by the controlled application of ethephon clotting agents can be exhausted by the upward movement of clotting agents. The BROWNBAST disease can be visible up to the level of the downward tapping started at initial stage. From that point up to the leaves we can see the availability of latex on milk vessels. At this beginning stage of BROWNBAST by the application of fertilizer we can see patch canker and pink disease on rubber trees due to the blockage on milk vessels. There is no laboratory support for me to prove it technically. I am inviting comments and suggestions from experienced farmers as soon as possible.
Phone:- 0471 2283033 or Mobile:- 9447183033
It is a service to the farmers by the Secretary of Quality Rubber Marketing Society.
It is the time to increase production to fetch reasonable price and control tapping to maintain the rubber trees at the time of low price.
Please compire the production mentioned below.
Production of NR for Oct 2002 from 350 trees - 172 kgs by 9 tapping days
Production of NR for Oct 2003 from 360 trees – 206 kgs by 6 tapping days
COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS
Will be published latter after getting from the viewers of this site.
Page No. 6
HIDDEN RUBBER STATISTICS
HIDDEN RUBBER STATISTICS
FEW DETAILS ABOUT MALAYSIA
Production, consumption and export of Natural Rubber by Malaysia
Production------615000-----------547000----------589000 (Ref. rubber statistical news VOL.62.No.3 of August 2003)
****************708000-----------604000----------558000 (From which stock it appears. Difference between Balance & Export)
Exported - 1870000 tonnes is not from production nor from import.Only imaginary export
In the page of Country wise Import Malaysia not available in the list published, but it is an exporting Country
Year/World Import*----2000--5496000 tonnes, 2001--5197000 tonnes, 2002--5299000 tonnes
Including other Countries not reported seperately is as follows
Year/total import-countrywise published import*--2000--(5496000-4744000) = 752000 tonnes, 2001--(5197000-4471000) = 726000 tonnes, 2002--(5299000-4615000) = 684000 tonnes
*Ref. Indian Rubber Statistics Vol.26 of 2003 Page Nos.82, 83 & 84
Source: Rubber Statistical Bulletin of the International Rubber Study Group.
VALUE OF RUBBER PRODUCTS EXPORTED AND IMPORTED
------------------------Export million Rs.---------Year------------Import '000 Rs.---------(Qty-Nos-Tonnes)------------
----------------------------12270.00------------1996-1997--------------3342694---------Tyres,Tubes, flaps, hygienic&pharmaceuticals-
---------------------------13410.00------------1997-1998-------------------NA-------------belting, latex form sponge, hoses, ebonite-
---------------------------14336.90------------1998-1999----------------5499891---------vulcanised rubber thread & cord and other-
---------------------------15077.65------------1999-2000-----------------5402347---------articles of rubber.
Ref. Indian rubber statistics Vol. 26 of 2003 Page Nos. 60, 64 & 65
MISSING OF NATURAL RUBBER 38701 TONNES FROM 1st APRIL 1996 TO 31st MARCH 2003
Production.............. Import................... Year..................... Consumption............ Export............. Missing
549425................... 19770................... 1996-1997............. 561765.................... 01598............. 01712
583830................... 32070................... 1997-1998............. 571820.................... 01415............. 02675
605045................... 29534................... 1998-1999............. 591545.................... 01840..............00529
622265................... 20213................... 1999-2000............. 628110.................... 05989............. 03774
630405................... 08970................... 2000-2001............. 631475.................... 13356............. 03214
631400................... 49769................... 2001-2002............. 638210.................... 06995..............26794
649435................... 26229................... 2002-2003............. 695425.................... 55311............. 00003
103190+4374995+186555 = Availability 4561550 (103190 Balance stock as on 31st March 1996)
4318350+86504 = 4404854 (Consumed) , Actual Balance Stock = 4561550-4404854 = 156696
& Missing = 156696-117995 = 38701 (117995 Balace stock published by Rubber Board as on 31st Mar 2003)
MISSING NATURAL RUBBER FROM 38701 TO 36583 ON 31st JANUARY 2004
Details published by Rubber Board in Monthly rubber statistical news for Aril 2003 to January 2004 as follows.
* The total is not tallying by adding
Balance Stock with Grower,Dealer & Manufacturer as on 31st March 2003 - 117995 tonnes
Total Availablity = 117995+636435+30922 = 785352 & Total Consumed = 599575+51755 = 651330
Actual Balance = 785352-651330 = 134022 & RB Published = 136140
Difference = 136140-134022 = 2118 means missing reduced from 38701 to 36583
Pagee No. 7
PROBLEMS AND REMEDIES
QRMS is thankful to Dr.R.Shyamasundaran Nair for the VALUABLE SUGGESTIONS.
Thanks. You have raised very important issues with logic. My admiration. I have not yet concentrated my attention on price issues of farm commodities, though in a general way I have made some superficial studies. Generally I do not go by the government approach. Nor do I get panicky with price fall like the farmers do. We must be very realistic. When the price of rubber fall below Rs. 20 we make great halla gulla. But when it goes above Rs. 50, farmers keep quite. Farmers should also appreciate that if the price of raw materials go beyond a level, the industry will naturally switch over to other sources, which in the long run is detrimental to the farmers. Similarly the Industry should also realise that if domestic prices fall to uneconomic levels, then farmers switch over to other crops. We had discussed this issue at length in the report of the WTO Commission.
Farmers in Kerala have to find their own means to overcome this problem. Let us be realistic. Kerala is a part of India. India is our biggest market. Commodities produced in Kerala and of great interest to Kerala farmers such as rubber and coconut have no All-India significance more so in the present economic context of huge foreign exchange reserves. The Government of India (GOI) dictate terms. They are on the side of the industry and not that of farmers. Kerala has no political clout. We have only 20 members out of the 540 Lok Sabha even if all our MPS are united (which occurs seldom). We can not make any impact like the rice and wheat farmers of wheat rice belt (Punjab, Haryana, UP, Andhra Pradesh) with sheer political clout (This happens with the price support of the wheat and rice). The political leadership and farmers should understand this hard reality and get prepared to make necessary sacrifices when the going is good. But we can not go too far. We are also very weak. After all what other crops we can grow. Can you think of any other crops than coconuts (10 lakh hectares) and rubber (5 lakh hectares) in which they are grown. We have to be realistic. Within our state we can do quite a few things. First the government should recognise that in the area of plantation crops (25% of the area and 33% of the income) we have stake. The state is as responsible to these crops as rice and coconut. Plantation area is also part of the state. The state should take keen watch on its developments and anticipate problems. Second we should make use of the opportunities provided by the government of India. Third we should be realistic. Don't ask for 1300 crores and get 40 crores for drought relief. Sorry I have gone beyond your concerns. But do keep me informed . I may not respond to your letters always and quickly too. Sorry I have to use English. Given the logistics I can not have correspondence in Malayalam though email. Writing letters with hand now for me is unthinkable. Regards SHYAMASUNDARAN NAIR
I am thankful to Dr.R.Shyamasundaran Nair for this reply to a common farmer who is fighting for a steady and a reasonable frice to NR.
Thanking you with anticipation.
Kindly visit the following sites published by Business Line on 16 Feb 2004.
Quality Rubber Marketing Society was demanding the published matter from 1999.
QRMS is always thankful to Business Line for this awareness for small rubber growers and the manufacturers equally.
The motto of this Society exposed on the site for justice to the small growers.
Source: blThe Hindu Business Line
First Part (Rubber growers see anomaly in visual grading system)
Second Part (Grading of natural rubber)
KERALATHINTE KARSHIKA PRASNANGALUM PARIHARANGALUM
(Malayalam – First Edition : November 2003)
Published by : General Secretary, AIKS State Council, M.N.Smarakom, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala – 695 014
Phone : 0471 2338579 Fax : 0471 232916
Email : will be published
Distribution : PRABHATH BOOK HOUSE
Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Alapuzha, Eranakulam, Trissur, Palakad, Kozhikode, Kannur
Price : Rs. 100.00
QRMS is thankful to AIKS for the suggestions recommended to solve the problems of rubber growers beyond party politics
One of our complaint was Evation of Tax by grading exploitation.
Mathrubhoomi news on 26-01-04 that on purchase of rubber for 1.76 crores evation as purchase tax.
Inliue of visual grading a Computerised grading required.
Tax may be levied per kg of Dry Rubber content.
Avoid export to the Producing Contries & import from the exported Countries.
Quandum of Production & cosumption as per grade must be published.
Donot permit the imported rubber to sell in the Indian market.
Export subsidy may be given to those exporters who are exporting above the International price as per grade.
Steady and a reasonable price must be made available from the average of minimum price related with cost of cultivation and maximum price related with cost of manufacturing.
Balance will be published.