Cutting rubber trees leads to arrests in Mon State

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The photo shows rubber trees at the rubber plantation in Mon State.

According to the Mon State government, individuals involved in illegally cutting rubber trees in Mon State will be subject to arrest and subsequent punishment. The right to cultivate rubber and cut and transport rubber trees requires approval from relevant departments. However, exceeding the specified amount will be scrutinized. The government is actively working to establish policies for the arrest, prosecution, and inspection of individuals found transporting excessive amounts.
In Mon State, which boasts one of the largest rubber plantation areas in Myanmar, 504,988 acres were cultivated in 2022-2023, constituting 30.19 per cent of the country’s total cultivated area. The private sector holds 97 per cent of rubber production capacity, while the state-owned sector contributes only three per cent. Therefore, the involvement of the private sector is deemed crucial. — TWA/KZW

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