NR production impacted by disease, low prices

Krabi, Thailand – The natural rubber (NR) production is expected to be negatively affected by an outbreak of pestalotiopsis disease across rubber tree plantations in Sumatra, Indonesia, according to the International Tripartite Rubber Council (IRTC).

In a 27 June meeting, senior officials from IRTC members – Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia – expressed concern that the disease had started to appear affecting rubber trees in Malaysia.

“Prevailing low NR prices has caused smallholders to reduce maintenance cost by neglecting good agricultural practice (GAP) and this contributes to the…

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