Rain guarding materials viz plastic sheets, adhesives and ribbons. Raingurding is essential for regular tapping. During rainy season tapping can be carried out by fixing polythene rainguard to the trunk above the tapping cut. By preventing loss of tapping days, regular tapping can be ensured by rainguarding under any given tapping frequency. Chances of bark rot disease are high when the trees are rainguarded and tapping is continued during rainy season. Hence systematic application of panel protectants at 10-15 days intervals is necessary.