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Direct Research Journals
Direct Research Journal of Agriculture and Food Science:Vol.4 (10), pp. 294-299, October 2016
ISSN 2354-4147

Decline in Activities in Nigeria Rubber Industry: A Case For Government Intervention
Article Number: DRJA13954476
DOI:

Original Research Article


E. O. Abolagba*, O. O. Abolagba, T. U. Esekhade, B. N.  Agbonkpolor, E. S. Osazuwa, H. Y. Umar and E. Musa


Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria, PMB 1049, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

*Corresponding author E-mail:  ebenabolagba@gmail.com.


date Received: August 8, 2016     date Accepted: August 22, 2016     date Published: September 10, 2016

Abstract

This Paper examined the decline in activities in the rubber industry. Specifically the Paper highlighted activities in the area of production, processing factory and hectarage  planted to natural rubber. Primary and secondary data were used. The data revealed a fluctuating pattern in production of natural rubber, the hectarage  also revealed a reduction in hectarage planted to rubber from 247,000 ha in the 1970s to 103,313 ha in 2016. Number of processing factories has equally reduced from 57 to 41.The suggested intervention among others is the need to urgently embark on systematic rehabilitation/replanting of at least 25 per cent or more of the existing plantations over the next 3 years.


Key words: Decline, Rubber, Industry, Intervention