India's natural rubber production fell 13 percent in June 2013 from a year ago to 54,000 tonnes against demand of 82,000 tonnes. India's southern state of Kerala, which accounts for more than 90 percent of the country's natural rubber production, received 40 percent more rainfall than normal in 2013 and hence the drop in rubber production.
India's production of natural rubber for 2013-14 was estimated at 960,000 tons and consumption at 1,020,000 tons but actual production may fall to 8,50,000 tons as intensive rains and lower prices caused decline in production.according to market observers. In 2012-13, India had produced 912,200 tonnes, a per cent rise on a year ago. Despite lower production in April-December during 2013-14, consumption did not decline significantl. It dropped to 728,080 tonnes, compared to 742,480 tonnes a year ago.
The production of natural rubber has fallen by 10 per cent during April-December in the current financial year, according to the Rubber Board, at 627,000 tonnes against 697,200 tonnes a year ago. This might affect availability for the next few months. Board sources said production this financial year would be 870,000 tonnes.