Rubber re-planting subsidy:
Corporate sector to benefit
The Rubber Development Departmentís rubber re-planting and new
planting subsidy scheme will aim at providing around Rs 694 million for
the benefit of the corporate sector and the smallholders in the rubber
The rubber subsidy scheme is in the process of providing Rs 125,000
per hectare for the corporate sector and smallholders.
The corporate sector and the smallholders have been given a target to
re-plant rubber in 5550 hectares during this year, of which the
corporate sector is needed to re-plant rubber in 1850 hectares. Kegalle,
Ratnapura and Colombo districts are under the rubber replanting process.
A Rubber Development Department senior official said they also hope
to continue the subsidy scheme for 2011 and have requested regional
plantation companies to increase the amount of rubber re-planting while
covering more non-traditional areas.
The Government sector is currently maintaining seven rubber nurseries
and private sector including regional plantation companies and small
scale plantation companies are conducting a considerable number of
rubber nurseries in the country.
With the purpose of increasing the rubber cultivation, the Rubber
Development Department is facilitating cultivators by providing high
yielding clones and training for rubber tappers.
In addition to that, intercrops such as bananas, pineapples, passion
fruit and vegetables have also been grown among rubber cultivations to
generate additional income for the benefit of rubber cultivators.