The Rubber Board has decided to provide financial assistance to the Rubber Producers’ Societies (RPSs) and self-help groups (SHGs) to develop various primary infrastructural facilities for the strengthening of the smallholder sector.

According to a press note issued here, the scheme is aimed at productivity enhancement and quality upgrading of produce in the smallholding sector.

The Board has an outlay of Rs. 25 lakh for the purpose during the current fiscal.

The assistance being provided for setting up an input distribution centre is 50 per cent of actual rent of the building, subject to a maximum of Rs. 500 per month.

The RPSs and SHGs will also be provided with a portion of their expense for establishing common service centres, rubber nurseries and labour banks.

The scheme has also provisions to support RPSs for pollution control and environment protection measures in their community processing centres.

Such RPSs will be assisted with 50 per cent of the actual expenditure or maximum Rs. 1 lakh, whichever is less for setting up a new effluent treatment plant.

The financial assistance is also available for cover crop seed collection, plant protection measures, rain guarding and group management of small rubber holdings.