MALAYSIA: Malaysia to expand rubber area

Malaysia will expand its rubber cultivation area to 1.2 million ha by 2020 under the rubber industry development plan.

Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainudin said the move would enhance national productivity up to 2,000kg per ha per year.

"Presently, productivity at the national level is 1,450kg per ha per year and the target will generate higher incomes for all rubber holding operators,” he said when opening the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) Technology Day on 15 Apr. 2011.(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)