Rubber Production in India
Commercial cultivation of natural rubber was introduced in India by the British. Although, the experimental efforts to grow rubber on a commercial scale in India were initiated as early as 1873 at the Botanical Gardens, Calcutta; yet the first commercial Hevea plantations in India were established at Thattekadu, in Kerala in 1902.
Production in India
According to Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC), India produced 849,000 tons of rubber in 2013, which is 7.6% down from the previous years. Kerala accounts for more than 90 per cent of the total rubber production in the country. The total area under rubber cultivation in the state is 5.45 lakh hectares. Rest of the natural rubber is produced in Tamil Nadu and North East states.