Manufacturers appeal for more support to boost rubber production

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

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

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

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

According to him, rubber production benefit  many generations.

said that rubber production  was more sustainable than .

said although rubber farming was new to Benue, it had prospects 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 loans/grants from financial institutions.

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

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

Similarly, Alhaji Yakubu Maji, Chairman NARPPMAN, Kaduna State Chapter, said that soil in Southern 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 they do not modern machines to process it into sheets, they sell out at give away prices to off-takers.

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