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Rubber Board to focus on skill development

BS Reporter  |  chennai/ Kochi 

The Rubber Board and Rubber Skill Development Centre (RSDC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to facilitate collaboration in skill development and quality training standards for natural rubber plantations.

"As many as 1 million planters are involved in NR plantation in the country. The productivity of NR is highest in India but a large potential for NR production remains untapped as skilled manpower is not available adequately. The Rubber Board wanted RSDC to conduct skill development activities for the Natural Rubber (plantation) subsector as is being done for the rubber manufacturing sector," said Vinod Simon, Chairman RSDC.

The MoU will not only augment the existing relationship between the rubber industry, plantation sector and RSDC but will also help provide certified and trained manpower to the entire ecosystem of the rubber sector, he added.

Training and capacity building will be two key areas. The Rubber Board and RSDC will join hands to develop occupational standards for various professions/occupations in NR production sector and provide certified training programmes to augment the number of trained persons, a release said.

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First Published: Thu, May 09 2013. 20:24 IST