Minister urges caution over Chinese investment in rubber farms

China’s plan to invest in rubber plantations in Thailand must be carefully considered, says Grisada Boonrach, minister to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, but such projects must not impact local farmers. His comment was made in response to a report that China Hainan Rubber ...


RAOT working to boost rubber futures

The Rubber Authority of Thailand (RAOT) has joined five rubber traders to set up a 1.2-billion-baht fund to invest in paper rubber traded on the Thailand Futures Exchange (TFEX), aiming to boost anaemic volume in rubber futures. Keep reading ...

1.8 billion baht set aside to promote use of rubber

The cabinet on Tuesday (July 25) decided to allocate 1.8 billion baht from the Central Fund to promote the use of rubber by various government bodies. The fund is to be distributed among three ministries:1.5 billion baht for the Ministry of Defence164.4 million baht for ...

Agencies instructed to speed up rubber plans

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed nine state agencies to speed up the use of rubber in a bid to lift domestic demand which will help shore up falling rubber prices.Keep reading ...

Wa State suffers as fewer Chinese come to party

In a remote casino in northeastern Burma, China’s pervasive campaign against graft has taken its toll. Hundreds of local traders and farmers place petty bets as low as 10 cents, outnumbering a few Chinese who were once the VIPs of a gambling hall decorated with ...

New study analyses biggest threats to Southeast Asian biodiversity

Southeast Asia is a global biodiversity hotspot — but with about 4 billion people living in the region, the pressures on that biodiversity are severe. Southeast Asia is a global biodiversity hotspot — but with about 4 billion people living in the region, the pressures on ...

Government optimistic on exports

The government remains positive that exports will stay flat or eke out marginal growth this year despite an unexpected drop in October after two months of gains. The Commerce Ministry on November 28 said exports fell by 4.2% year-on-year in October to UScopy7.78 billion after growth ...

Rubber recovery boosts profits

Strong recovery of world rubber prices was expected to continue through the end of the year and increase revenues for local rubber firms, according to local securities companies. The world rubber price closed at 208.5 yen per kilo on November 11, 4.98 per cent higher ...

Waiting to tap rubber’s rebound

The large-scale rubber plantations that arrived in force in Cambodia a decade ago as global rubber prices moved to historic peaks are facing sober prospects as trees they planted before the commodity’s prices headed south begin to reach maturity. While international rubber prices have been ...

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