Small scale farmers harvest ca. 85% of the world’s natural rubber. Until now, the Fair Rubber Association only had one small group of small farmers as a supplier partner. Hence we are
very happy that after two years of work it has been possible to include a group of 400 small farmers in Sri Lanka among the producer partners of our association: they supply exclusively to a
factory called ASR, which produces all kinds of rubber qualities.
This farmer group is also the first to be audited against the full set of the new Fair Rubber Association criteria. Their first Fair Trade customer: Soulbottles
(seal rings for environmentally friendly drinking water bottles made from glass).
K.P. Premaratnan (67 years of age), the ASR-member with the longest tapping
experience: 52 years.