Myanmar Natural Rubber Quality Testing Laboratory will issue rubber quality certificates that would encourage fetching a good price in the export market.
“Certification is required for rubber quality. We need to follow the rules and regulations set by China and South Korea. Myanmar, being the sixth world’s largest rubber exporting country, needs accreditation. Other countries are also trying to seek certificates like that, said U Zan Htoo Maung, Kayin State Rubber Growers Network member.
This laboratory is operating under public-private partnership at the Information Technology and Quality Management Division (Hlegu Township) of the Consumer Affairs Department, under the Ministry of Commerce. It is also endeavoring to be accredited by the International Rubber Association. The laboratory will grant certificates to Myanmar Standard Rubber 5,10 and 20, said U Myint Lwin, Director General of the Consumer Affairs Department.
Of 1.6 million acres of rubber farming, about seven million plants can be tapped for latex. There are around 50,000 old trees which cannot be tapped.
Dr. Ye Tint Tun, Director General of the Agriculture Department said that private sector role has become crucial in boosting rubber quality and improving rubber processing businesses. In order to maintain quality, private businessmen should lead the industry by forming rubber associations, as individual producers cannot ensure equal quality standard. Myanmar is also trying to be a member of inter-governmental Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC).
According to data from worldexports.com, Myanmar ranks at the sixth place, behind Thailand, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Malaysia and Ivory Coast, among 15 global rubber exporting countries, which accounts for 95.4 per cent of export. Eighty per cent of rubber supply in the global market are from Asian countries, while Africa makes up 8.5 per cent and European Union constitutes 4.7 per cent of market shares.
Zar Lin Thu (AMIA)