Agartala: The Rubber Board has signed a memorandum of understanding with a Singapore-based company to undertake natural rubber research, officials said Thursday.
A Rubber Board official said the memorandum of understanding was signed with Singapore’s SMPT (Tropical Raw Materials Company Pte Ltd), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Michelin, a large multinational tire company, to conduct various types of research. on natural rubber.
Rubber Board Executive Director KN Raghavan and SMPT Managing Director Trai-Ukos Segsarn signed the MoU via virtual mode.
According to an official statement, Raghavan said the Indian Rubber Board has made remarkable achievements in the areas of genetic improvement of rubber clones, disease and pest management, latex harvesting technology, transformation, product development and knowledge sharing with leading research companies like SMPT.
This collaboration would contribute to the improvement of sustainability as well as to the development of the entire rubber value chain, for the benefit of producers in particular, the statement said, citing the head of the Rubber Board.
He said that Trai-Ukos Segsarn stressed that a partnership with the Rubber Board in the field of research is highly appreciated and that a lot of knowledge can be shared, for the benefit of the global natural rubber industry.
SMPT expressed interest in collaborating with Rubber Board in various research areas such as clone development, disease management, rubber-based agroforestry systems, etc.
The Union Ministry of Trade and Industry had previously approved the Rubber Board’s proposal to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the SMPT for collaboration.