Staff Reporter

Government to acquire 200 acres of land for the park

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra) is planning to set up the State’s second rubber park in Ranni taluk in Pathanamthitta district.

Local MLA Raju Abraham told The Hindu that the State Government would acquire 200 acres of land in Ranni for the proposed rubber park. It will be a Centre-State joint venture company with Rubber Board, under the Union Ministry of Commerce, joining hands with the State Government. The first Centre-State joint venture rubber park in the State was developed by Kinfra in Ayrapuram near Perumbavoor.

Industries Minister Elamaram Karim had convened meeting of entrepreneurs dealing in rubber at Ranni a month ago in connection with the proposed project.

Kerala has an area of 3.84 lakh hectares under rubber cultivation. It accounts for 90 per cent of the natural rubber produced in the country with an annual production of 3.70 lakh tonnes, says K.N. Sreekumar, senior adviser to Kinfra.

According to him, Kerala has 90 per cent of the 10 lakh rubber growers and 3.5 lakh related workers in India. It is high time that emphasis is laid on creation of a world-class supply chain, promotion of infrastructure, close interaction between research and industry in the agriculture sector, and increasing the export of value-added agriculture produces, Mr. Sreekumar said.

He added that the rubber park, with its single window clearance system, would offer everything under one roof for an entrepreneur to start his own rubber industry.

Mr. Raju Abraham said the proposed rubber park in Ranni would offer backward and forward integration and collective coordination. He added that the project would be funded by the Union Ministry of Commerce.

Ranni being the largest latex producing taluk in the State, the proposed park has got a special relevance, says the MLA. He said that the idea was to make the proposed rubber park operational in the next two years.