R Ponnambalam is a veteran and a repectable figure in the Agriculture Marketing sector in Tamilnadu. With a PG Diploma in Business Administration (MK University), and a PG Diploma in Agricultural Market Management in the Agricultural Market Management Centre – Gov’t of India, Hyderabad, he has promoted a number of institutions in the Government and Non-Governmental sector. Prominent among them is the Chamber of Agricultural Marketing, in Erode and now acting as its Chief Consultant. He has served in the Federation of Consumer Organization for Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry (FEDCOT) which is the largest consumer group in India as Director for “Women Concern” for 2 years and Director for Public Utilities for 2 years. He promoted UZHAVAN Producers Company in Erode, the first of its kind in India and is now acting its chief consultant.
He functions as the Managing Trustee of CREATE, a Consumer organisation in Tamilnadu, and Chairs the Campaign Coordiantion Team of the Save our Rice Campaign.