The Rubber Board is a statutory organization constituted under Section (4) of the Rubber Act, 1947 and functions under the administrative control of Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The Board is headed by a Chairman appointed by the Central Government and has 27 members representing various interests of natural rubber industry. The Board’s headquarters is located at Kottayam in Kerala. The Board is responsible for the development of the rubber industry in the country by way of assisting and encouraging research, development, extension and training activities related to rubber. It also maintains statistical data of rubber, takes steps to promote marketing of rubber and undertake labour welfare activities. The activities of the Board are exercised through nine departments viz. Rubber Production, Research, Processing & Product Development, Training, License & Excise Duty, Statistics and Planning, Market Promotion, Finance & Accounts and Administration. The Board has five Zonal Offices and 43 Regional Offices. It has a Central Rubber Research Institute in Kottayam and 10 regional research stations located in various rubber growing states of the country. It also has a Rubber Training Institute located at Kottayam.
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