Manufacturers appeal for more support to boost rubber production

 Natural Rubber Producers, Processors and Manufacturers Association of (NARPPMAN) on Monday  appealed to states and the Federal Government for more support to boost cultivation and processing of rubber.

The Chairman of NARPPMAN, Chapter, Mr Abichi Henry, made the call in Calabar while speaking with journalists.

He said  that the rubber subsector needed more awareness campaign, government incentives, technologies and vast lands to enable it bolster the .

The chairman said it was important for states and the Federal Government to support rubber production by helping farmers to access bank loans.

According to him, rubber production will benefit  generations.

He said that rubber production  was more sustainable than crude oil.

He said although rubber farming was new to , it had prospects following increasing awareness by NARPPMAN.

“Rubber producers are faced with challenges such as lack of government partnership in the provision of land and inputs and inability to access loans/grants from .

“Rubber farmers need more training workshops to keep them updated on methods of farming and agribusiness in general.

“However, I commend the Federal Government for establishing the Rubber Research Institute of which supplies rubber nurseries that have enabled people to key into the Rubber value chain,” he said.

Similarly, Alhaji Yakubu Maji, Chairman NARPPMAN, Chapter, said that soil in Kaduna had been found to be  good enough to grow rubber trees.

He said  that the association would like states and Federal Government to provide it with more lands to establish a Rubber Village.

“Latex from rubber trees in Kaduna flows faster than those in Benin where they get the nurseries but since they do not have machines to process it into sheets, they sell out give away to off-takers.

“If we have machines to process the latex ourselves, we would take the processed rubber to Kano and other industrial cities and sell higher ,” Maji said. (NAN)