ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Steel- Cost-Price Chase

 lobby, the question of rubber imports needs to be viewed in a wider national perspective. There is no getting away from a well planned new plantation programme. Union Industry Minister Tiwari, who inaugurated the AIRIA annual meeting, has called upon the rubber goods manufacturers to venture into joint- sector plantations to step up rubber production. The Central board of forestry has also recommended development of joint-sector plantations. Development of new plantation will naturally take time to yield results. The industry could take comfort from the Vnion minister's assurance of 'all steps' to ensure enough supply, though such assurance mean precious little. Considering that the industry's consumption of synthetic rubber is extremely low by international comparison, every possible effort should be made to step up domestic production of synthetic rubber which is running substantially below installed capacity.

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