Kottayam: There is strong fear among rubber farmers that the rubber board would be shut down or partially privatised. The NITI Aayog had recommended that the board is not essential and its functioning should be discontinued.
The board called a meeting of farmers the other day to hear their opinion. The final decision would be taken by the central government after evaluating the NITI Aayog’s observation and the stance of the Ministry of Commerce. The ministry is of the view that the board should remain.
The ministry had sought a detailed report from the board after the NITI Aayog observation. The board replied in matters including the services it rendered so far, import-export details, farmer welfare among other things.
The board would soon submit another report after including suggestions received from the farmers in the meeting.