October 19, 2017

Earthen brick makers in Thahton face declining profits

Workers in an earthen brick workplace in Thahton Township. Photo: The Oo (Thathon)
Workers in an earthen brick workplace in Thahton Township. Photo: The Oo (Thathon)

LOCAL earthen brick makers in Thahton Township, Mon State reported a small decline in their profits as they are seeing low demand for their products this year compared with 2015.
“Although we have promoted the manufacturing of earthen bricks this year, we could not generate high profits,” Brick Maker U San Khaing said.
A decrease in new construction projects within the region, losses of finished bricks due to natural disaster and the increasing price of firewood are the main reasons why the brick makers are seeing low demand.
According to a township association there are about 40 earthen brick makers in Thathon Township. They normally operate between December and March. A firm can bake nearly 400,000 bricks per season.
Last year, brick makers were selling an earthen brick at K37 (US$0.03).
The price remains unchanged this season. However, this year’s wages for workers have increased. The owners of firms increased wages up to K4,000 ($3.29) from K3,300 ($2.71) per worker, per day.

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