Malaysian Rubber Board Working Visit to Kochi, Kerala

The Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) organised a working visit to Kochi, Kerala India from 27-30 January 2019. The working visit was led by Mr Sankara Nair, Chairman of the Malaysian Rubber Board and accompanied by Mr Chua Men Nam, MRB Board Member cum President of the United Sabah Smallholders Association and Dr Amir Hashim Md Yatim, Deputy Director General (Research &Innovation).

The objectives of the working visit are:

The MRB delegation was received by Mr Santosh Kumar during the visit to the Mooply Valley Estate owned by Harrisons Malayalam Limited Plantation. Harrisons Malayalam Limited (HML) is the most successful integrated agricultural operation in South India. One of the oldest - with a history that goes back over hundred and fifty years - it has been a pioneer in corporate farming and has, over this period, established and run plantations for Tea, Rubber, Cocoa, Coffee and a wide variety of Spices.

Mooply Valley group comprises two estates – Mooply and Kundai Estate, lies in the Varamtharappalli and Vellikulangara Panchayaths of Mukundapuram Thaluk, Thrissur district. Mr Santosh Kumar, Executive Director and Mr Tony Thomas, General Manager gave a briefing and conducted a site visit to the plantation for the MRB delegation.

A courtesy call to the India Rubber Board (IRB) was fruitful as discussion was on possible collaboration between MRB and the Board. Dr. James Jacob, Director, Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) received the MRB delegation with his counterparts from the India Rubber Board and RRII. The MRB Chairman also met captains of the industry during a networking dinner and among those who attended include representatives from Harrisons Malayalam, CEAT Tyres, RI International, Malaya Rubbers and Rubber Asia.

The delegation also visited Janatha Rubber Producers’ Societies (RPS) Aimcombu, one of the best performing RPSs in the country and Vadakkel Rubber Nursery which is world renowned and it is the first ISO certified rubber nursery in the world.

The working visit was a success and the delegation were able to get first hand information on the rubber industry in Kerala, India. Possible collarboration with India Rubber Board and rubber companies are in the pipeline as all parties have shown great interest to foster business relationship with Malaysian Rubber Board. The possibility of purchasing Malaysian rubber and the good response and interest in speciality rubber, Ekoprena and Pureprena for the tyre industry was also expressed and discussed. Apart from that, the exchange of training experts and exploiting MRB technologies in agronomic practices are in the pipeline and will be discussed in detail with individual companies. This would provide opportunities to Malaysian companies to trade with rubber companies in Kerala, India.

Visit to Harrisons Malayalam rubber plantation with Mr Santosh Kumar

Mr Sankara Nair presenting a momento to Dr James Jacob