SRI LANKA: Planting subsidy for small scale rubber estate owners

He also said that a planting subsidy of Rs. 150,000 per hectare is also granted for them for new planting of rubber in feasibility established lands.

He added that with a view to developing the rubber cultivation, small scale rubber estate owners are also granted a planting subsidy of Rs 4,000 per hectare for intercropping during the immature stage of the rubber cultivation.

He observed that rubber cultivation in non traditional areas and further expansion of value added rubber products are being encouraged by the Ministry.

Source: "Daily News", Colombo; 21 Dec 2011

(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)