INDONESIA: Weather may trim rubber production

Months of extreme weather may decrease Indonesia's rubber production by 4 percent in 2011, according to the chairman of the Indonesia Rubber Association (GAPKINDO).

Indonesian rubber production was previously forecast to top 2.97 million tons in 2011, up from 2.73 tons in 2010, GAPKINDO chief Asril Sutan Amir said..

"Weather anomalies might hurt production by 3 to 4 percent of the target number,” he said as quoted by kontan.co.id.

Asril said Indonesia's rubber productivity was 880 kilograms per hectare per year, much lower than Thailand, where productivity could top 1,500 kilograms.(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)