Rubber growers to stage mass rally on Sept 3


Rubber growers nationwide plan to stage a mass rally to protest against the continued falling prices of rubber and urge the government to implement measures to shore up the declining prices.

Sompong Rajsuwan, chairman of rubber growers association in Songkhla, said the committee of Rubber Planters Network of Thailand has agreed at a meeting to stage rallies of rubber planters nationwide on September 3, aiming to call on the government to tackle the price problem.

He said the network has submitted the request to the government since July 24 but there has been no action from the government to help restore the falling price of rubber.

The price of smoked third-class raw rubber sheet should be Bt101 per kilo, raw rubber sheet at Bt92 per kilo and rubber latex was expected to stand at Bt81 per kilo but they were now averaging around Bt60 per kilo, which is unfair for growers, he said.

Sompong said that on September 3, rubber planters from 14 southern provinces would gather at a cooperative office in Surat Thani, growers from the northeastern and north would gather at a meeting point which would be specified later while farmers from central and eastern provinces would go to meet Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House.

He said the gatherings would be held peacefully and they were waiting for the government’s response on measures to assist rubber growers.