V S Achutananthan, Kerala Chief MinisterKerala is split when it comes to the genetically modified. While the government has consistently taken a position against anything GM, and has vowed to keep the state GM-free as a matter of policy, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), which rules the state, has quite the opposite view.

With an annual turnover of over Rs 760 crores in 2010, rubber cultivation in the Northeastern States has emerged a major player in the economy of the region.


THIRUVANATHAPURAM: Forget the ongoing war on genetically-modified rubber in the State with the Rubber Research Institute at Kottayam getting the nod for trials on GM rubber strains and the Agriculture and Forest Ministers asking the Centre to revoke it.

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THIRUVANATHAPURAM: Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran has requested Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh to revoke the permission given for field trials of genetically-modified (GM) rubber in Kottayam.

'Express' had reported that the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), at a meeting held on November 15, had given its approval to the Rubber Researc

VR Jayaraj | Kochi

Rubber growers and traders of Kerala are up in arms against the Union Government

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S Sanandakumar KOCHI

The growing risks involved in farming muga, the unique organic silk of Assam, have made many farmers of this precious golden silk, to change over to rubber plantation. This development is particularly discernable in three Lower Assam districts.

Ignatius Pereira

KOLLAM: Efforts started by the Tripura government and the Rubber Board in 1995 to guide the Adivasi population of that State away from the path of terrorism and bring them to the mainstream through a rubber-plantation programme have started bearing fruit.