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Rubber latex collection business in Mongyu earns annual income

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Buckets of rubber latex are gathered before sending them to the market.

The local farmers from Mongyu of Mongyawng Township, Shan State (East) are growing perennial rubber plants and they are earning extra income for their families annually.
The local people from Mongyu mainly cultivated in perennial rubber trees and paddy. Currently, they have already grown the paddy in their farmland. And, they are resuming their rubber latex collection business and the wet rubber latex is being sold to the local rubber traders.
The rubber latex collection businesses started in the third week of April to November. In the remaining months, the weeding and feeding fertilizers are carried out in the rubber farms. Many acres of perennial rubber trees are being cultivated in Mongyu, according to the local rubber growers.
Some growers are selling these fresh rubber and rubber sheets to the local traders and small-scale rubber mills. Most of the growers exported them to China. However, the Mongyu-Keinyeng border bridge is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the rubber growers are selling them to the local traders and small-scale rubber mills.
The fresh rubber are priced at K1,000 per kilo while the rubber sheets are ranging between K 1,300 and K 1,500 per kilo, said a small-scale rubber mill owner.
About 300,000 tonnes of rubber is produced annually across the country. Seventy per cent of rubber made in Myanmar goes to China.
Myanmar annually exports over 200,000 tonnes of raw rubber to foreign countries generating over $200 million.—Ko Ko Naing (Mongyu)/GNLM

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