Democrat party asks government to help rubber growers

The Democrat party sought help from the government for rubber growers who are suffering from falling rubber prices.

Key members of the party lead by secretary-general Chuti Krairiksh and deputy leaders Nipit Intharasombat and Sathit Pitudecha on Wednesday called on PM’s Office Minister Omsin Chivapruek with a petition addressed to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha.

Nipit said the party would like the government to stabilize rubber prices on long-term basis through management of market mechanism. He said the government should stop releasing rubber from its stockpile and make use of the stockpiled rubber by instructing government agencies to use more rubber, such as, in road construction.

Despite government’s policy for the use of rubber in road construction to shore up rubber prices, Nipit alleged that the policy was ignored and not implemented.

The Democrat party also proposed the setting up of a rubber trading company to buy rubber from the growers at reasonable prices and to coordinate with the two other rubber exporting countries namely Malaysia and Indonesia in setting rubber production and exporting targets in order to stabilize rubber prices.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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