Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: Forest Minister Benoy Viswom said here on Friday that in view of the unexpected change in weather conditions and its fallout on the agricultural sector, government and non-government agencies should formulate projects to assist farmers in specific sectors.

Mr. Viswom’s directive came through a message sent to the zonal seminar organised by the Rubber Board here on Friday.

It was also up to these agencies to create awareness on the fallout of globalisation vis-À-vis price of agriculture commodities. Despite the fact that the sector was buoyant, the Rubber Board should be vigilant in safeguarding the interests of rubber farmers, he said.

Sajan Peter, Rubber Board chairman, inaugurated the seminar. He said there was no apprehension of sudden fall in price of rubber in the near future.

Mr. Peter said rubber production societies should be strengthened. Development and research programmes taken up by the Board had created a situation where productivity had increased considerably. He pointed out the efficacy of insuring the plantations in the backdrop of unexpected weather conditions.

In a sector that comprised 10.5 lakh farmers, there were only 260 development officers to provide information to the cultivators.