Our Ref: B/1/3/9-15
September 25, 2018
Myanmar Joins ANRPC
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has joined as a Member of the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC), the inter-governmental organization established in 1970 for multilateral cooperation among the countries producing natural rubber. The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI) will represent the Government of Myanmar in ANRPC. On behalf of the government, Dr. Ye Tint Tun, Director-General, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, signed the Instrument of Accession. Earlier, the Myanmar Parliament, in its regular session held on August 7, 2018 approved the proposal by the Ministry.
Myanmar produced 242,000 tonnes of natural rubber during the year ended June 2018 from 311,000 hectares of yielding rubber trees in the country. As the yielding area is largely occupied by clones having low-yield potential, the average annual yield remains low at 777 kg per hectare. The country also has 346,000 hectares of young rubber plants which have not attained the yielding maturity. The annual production is expected to cross 500,000 tonnes when these trees are opened for tapping in the next six years. Of the four auto-tyre manufacturing companies operated in Myanmar, three are state-owned. The country annually exports about 150,000 tonnes of natural rubber, including cross-border trade.
With the accession of Myanmar, ANRPC now has 13 Member Governments representing 90.5% of the world output of natural rubber (Figures attached)
The Government of Thailand is hosting the 41st session of the ANRPC Assembly, 48th Executive Committee, 11th Annual Rubber Conference and annual meetings of three other forums, at Chiang Rai in North Thailand, from 8 to 13 October 2018. Apart from the 13 Member Governments, a few non-member countries will attend the events as Observers. The Annual Rubber Conference, with the theme “Adapting for the Emerging Megatrends”, will be held on October 8.
Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Bich