Indian rubber clones a hit with Latin American planters

by Dave

The Financial Express

The first consignment of saplings developed by Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) will reach Mexico within a week. Planters in Guatemala too, are in talks with rubber nurseries in India to buy the high-yielding and disease- resistant rubber saplings.

Although rubber was first brought to India more than 100 years ago from Brazil, recent efforts to cultivate rubber commercially in Latin America did not take off due to the recurrence of diseases like leaf blight.

“It was after studying the pros and cons of various new clones that the delegation of Mexican farmers made its first order,” Augustine Thomas, who runs Kuttiyangal Nursery in Pala, central Kerala, told FE. Apparently, the South American farmers have not tried any rubber sapling other than their own indigenous varieties.

According to the RRII, India’s RRII-105 clone (rubber sapling) is not only disease-resistant, but also gives atleast 32% more latex than conventional varieties.