Rubber farmers step adult vigour as prices plummet

Two children of a protesting rubber farmers poise with a print during Government House on Oct 14 final year. They came to Bangkok to titillate a supervision to assistance seaside adult prices. (Photo by Thanarak Khunton)

Rubber planters have threatened to criticism after prices plummeted to a lowest turn in 10 years, observant some of them no longer means to send their children to school.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was discerning to indicate out on Thursday they could face lawsuits if they protest, though betrothed to continue assist and service measures.

Raw rubber sheets were 34.05 baht a kg while RSS3 was 34.12 baht on Thursday, down 0.20 baht and 0.39 respectively in line with tellurian oil prices. Other factors inspiring a prices are a indolent Chinese economy, as good as geopolitical tensions in a Middle East and a Korean Peninsula.  

Rubber farmers urged a supervision to yield proxy service by guaranteeing a cost of not reduction than 60 baht a kg.

The supervision final year authorized remuneration of 1,500 baht a rai though a planters pronounced a procession to request for it was complicated.

Yuso Ake, who led a network of farmers in a 6 reduce southern provinces of Pattani, Yala Narathiwat, Songkhla, Satun and Phattalung, told Matichon Online on Thursday a rubber farmers were on their final legs.

“Some of us no longer have a income to send a children to school,” he claimed.

The network has already submitted a offer to a government.

They wish a supervision to set adult factories that use rubber as a tender element to make products for internal use such as automobile tyres.

Authorities should also keep rubber prices above cost, that they explain is 62 baht a kilogramme.

A organisation of planters in Trang also threatened on Thursday to theatre a craving strike.

Saksarerk Sriprasart, their representative, urged a dismissal of Agriculture Minister Chatchai Sarikulya.

“When he was commerce minister, he authorized palm oil imports, ensuing in a pointy dump of internal prices. When he became a plantation minister, he sole 200,000 tonnes of rubber to China, ensuing in an suddenly enlarged cost unemployment that lasts until now,” he said.

Mr Saksarerk also urged a supervision to keep a lid on consumer products prices since supervision officials’ salaries had already been raised, pulling adult a prices of products and services.

His organisation also wants a supervision to inspire planters to stop drumming trees and to recompense them.

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