Rubber farmers struggle as prices fall

At Shwe Kokko Myaing’s rubber plantation in Myawady district, crowded trees stretch endlessly on either side of the road. The workers live in old dwellings by the roadside. The five children are used to looking after each other. The oldest, aged eight, rocks his sister’s cradle while fixing lunch for the middle three. Their mother […]

Poor Rubber Quality Hurting Exports: Association Secretary

Myanmar rubber is not good enough to export, even as growers complain that the price of $300-400 per tonne is unfairly low, according to U Khaing Myint, secretary of Myanmar Rubber Planters and Producers’ Association. Because of growing demand in the global rubber commodity market, rubber can be sold at standardised prices, but these can […]

Rubber price spike starts to erase losses

Rubber prices jumped last week in keeping with world prices and an improved exchange rate, but it is not enough to dig domestic producers out from mounting losses. International prices have plunged by as much as 75 percent from highs reached briefly in 2011, and local prices have kept pace. While there has been something […]

Japan looks to Myanmar for supply of raw rubber

Japan is providing state of the art technology to process raw rubber and boost local production in a bid to find a new supply for its tyre manufacturing industry. According to an MoU between the Myanmar Rubber Planters and Producers Association and Japanese manufacturers, Japan will provide technology to produce high-quality raw rubber from plantations […]