Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Some of the amendments to the provisions of the Rubber Act presented before Parliament, if passed, will harm the rubber sector, especially small growers, exporters, processors and traders, said N. Radhakrishnan, president of Cochin Rubber Merchants’ Association here in a communication.

The provision to empower the Rubber Board to implement quality standards, to mark, label and pack rubber produced or processed in India, imported into India and exported from India will harm the growers. This is because 30 per cent of the sheet rubber produced is below the quality standards prescribed by the board.

The communication said visual grading of rubber has been in vogue for the past 100 years. The Rubber Board should specify what the marketable grades are and the quality involved in different grades of rubber before the passage of the proposed amendments to the Act, he said.