Although world rubber demand remains strong, Thailand exports rubber mostly as a commodity, making farmers vulnerable to world’ s price swing. Adding value is necessary and the government has set up a rubber city and promote more domestic use of the product, he added.
Discontent among southern rubber farmers against the government has grown even as the government explained it has done its best to ease their woes stemming from plummeting rubber prices.
Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said on Monday it was imperative that farmers understand world rubber prices were dictated by economic factors such as interest rates and oil prices.
“We have provided credits to be used as revolving funds for rubber planters’ groups and for rubber processors to buy latex directly from farmers,” he said.