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23. March 2007

INDONESIA: Indonesia to increase rubber output in 2007

Indonesia, the world's second largest natural rubber
producer, is expected to produce 2.4 million tons of
rubber this year compared to 2 million tons in 2004,
an official has said.

Indonesia, whose rubber plantations cover an area of
around 3 million hectares, saw a 5-7 percent increase
in its rubber output in each of the past three years,
Antara news agency quoted director of the Rubber
Research Center (PPK) Chairil Anwar as saying here on Thursday.

Data from the Indonesian Plantation Research Institute
(LRPI) show Indonesia earned more than 3.9 billion
U.S. dollars from exporting natural rubber and
rubber-based products in 2006 compared to 3.51 billion
U.S. dollars a year earlier.

In order to raise the country's rubber output, the
government planned to rejuvenate 300 thousand hectares
of rubber plantations until 2010, according to LRPI
executive director Didiek Hadjar Goenadi.

Meanwhile, Anwar said Thailand, which has around 2
million hectares of rubber plantations, produces an
estimated 3 million tons of rubber per year, making it
the world's largest natural rubber producer.

(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)

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