Kerala State Wants a Rubber University in the State

Published on: 21 Jul, 2014
Published under: Education News Kerala, General Kerala News

A Kerala MP Jose K Mani has written to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with a proposal to set up a rubber university in his state in his Lok Sabha constituency of Kottayam, which holds a dominant position in rubber cultivation in the country.

In his letter, Mr Mani said studies have revealed that rubber plants have more absorption capacity to neutralise carbon dioxide emissions than any other tropical plant.

“Global warming has as much impact on the Indian climate and environment as any other country and rubber cultivation will go a long way to curtail carbon dioxide emission, thereby qualifying for financial support from international community,” he said.

“On the lines of similar proposals for agricultural universities, organic farming and sports projects to harness the youth power, I suggest that a rubber university be set up in Kottayam,” Mr Mani wrote.Mr Mani said studies conducted by the Rubber Research Institute of India and other institutes have established the excellent carbon sequestration capacity of natural rubber plantations.


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