The Rubber Board has decided to provide financial assistance for the computerisation of Rubber Producers Societies (RPSs).

According to a press release issued here, financial aid will be provided for acquiring computer and peripherals to facilitate access to Information Technology (IT)-enabled services, under the Rubber Plantation Development Scheme.

The Rubber Board envisages that the usage of IT-enabled services among the rubber planting community will empower the growers with latest information in the field of cultivation world over and the situation of the international market.

The computerisation of RPSs will also enable prompt accounting and make the operations more transparent, thereby, attracting more growers to group activities, which in turn would protect them from exploitation by middlemen.

The assistance has been limited to Rs. 45,000 per RPS or 75 per cent of the actual cost of the computer and peripherals, whichever is less. RPSs that function in their own building or rented building, and possess uninterrupted trade linkage with companies in the RPS sector, and a good record of performance are eligible for the assistance.

The Board will assist 40 RPSs to acquire computers during the current financial year.

The RPSs were started in 1986.

Details regarding the financial assistance are available from the Rubber Board Regional Offices.