December 13, 2017

Non-producing rubber plants fetch over Ks80,000 a ton

A worker hangs rubber sheets to dry.  Photo: Supplied
A worker hangs rubber sheets to dry.  Photo: Supplied

A ton of rubber timber fetches Ks80,000 to 85,000 when perennial rubber plants which no longer produce natural rubber latex are cut down, said rubber growers.
If rubber plants are older, they are cut down and rubber growers replant them again. Currently, around three rubber farms are wiped out non-producing trees. A farm has over 10 acres in minimum. About 50 tons of raw rubber timber and 15 tons of finished rubber timber are daily produced. With rubber timber adding value, furniture is also produced. Four-feet rubber sheets are mostly placed on export market, said U Soe Naing, rubber grower from Taninthayi Region.
Rubber timbers are exported to Japan, America and China. A rubber timber producing factory will run with 10-100 labours. Mon State has rubber factories which produce both raw materials and finished products.
In a bid to enhance rubber industry, pedigree rubbers were examined and researched. Further examination such as tapping latex system, freezing system, synthetic rubber latex producing, etc will also go on. The related department will proceed to awareness campaigns concerning GAP and seedling registration to the growers, said an official from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.
The factories purchase around 100 tons of natural rubber a day at the rubber harvest time of November and December through respective representatives in Mon State, Taninthayi Regin and Kayin State.
Technically Specified Rubber (TSR) producing plants are required to establish in order to produce high quality rubber with the help of local and foreign investors. Rubber growers associations, private organizations and the related departments should exert the concerted efforts to create stable rubber market in an attempt to control rubber quality, announce trade rules and regulation, release rubber information and set market price. There are 23 main rubber producing countries across the globe, including Myanmar. Rubber farming acres doubled from FY 2005-2006 to FY 2010-2011. Similarly, rubber production also increased. Rubber industry intends to target 320,000 to 330,000 tons of rubber in FY2019-2020. ­—Zar Lin Thu (AMIA)

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