PM assigns Agriculture Ministry to tackle rubber price issue

The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has been assigned to resolve rubber prices and related problems as a whole with emphasis on taking care of rubber planters, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over the weekend.

He explained that issues to be considered by the ministry include zoning of rubber planting areas, shifting of old rubber trees to other crops, grouping of rubber planters, rubber processing and delay in the sale of rubber latex.

He disclosed that the ministry would call a meeting this week with representatives of rubber planters nationwide in a bid to find solutions to all the pertinent problems.

The prime minister maintained that his government had not ignored rubber planters’ plight and had held talks with the two other major rubber-producing countries namely Indonesia and Malaysia through the International Tri-partite Rubber Council (ITRC) on rubber-related problems, particularly rubber prices.

He noted that it would take time to resolve the problems, especially the price issue, which depends on global market.