Production of natural rubber (NR) was recorded at 79,726 tonnes in December 2011, increased by 11,565 tonnes (+17.0%) compared to the previous month. Nevertheless, this month's production is 5,505 tonnes (-6.5%) lower from the previous year. The smallholding sector contributed 93.8 per cent while 6.2 per cent was from the estate sector. The highest producer of NR in estates are Kedah (29.6%), followed by Negeri Sembilan (21.3%) and Pahang (14.3%).
In December 2011, exports of NR amounting 76,144 tonnes, went up by 9,842 tonnes (+14.8%) compared to the previous month whereas year-on-year, exports dropped 3,328 tonnes (-4.2%). The Standard Malaysian Rubber (S.M.R.) represents 94.2 per cent of total NR exports whereby 52.0 per cent comprised of S.M.R. 20 type.
The main destinations of NR exports was China (39.0%), followed by Germany (12.4%), Rep. of Korea (5.3%), U.S.A (4.1%), Islamic Rep. of Iran (3.7%), Belgium (2.5%), Brazil (2.4%) and Portugal (2.4%).
Total imports of NR in December 2011 was 62,918 tonnes, increased by 3,092 tonnes (+5.2%) when compared to November 2011. Comparing to a year ago, imports reduced by 777 tonnes (-1.2%). Large portions of this NR imports constituted of latex concentrate (39.9%).
Malaysia imports NR mainly form Thailand (62.9%), followed by Viet Nam (12.3%), Philippines (6.4%), Myanmar (2.9%), Cambodia (2.0%) and India (1.5%).
4. DOMESTIC CONSUMPTION
Domestic consumption of NR in December 2011 was 33,896 tonnes, increased marginally by 58 tonnes (+0.2%) from a month ago. Year-on-year comparison reduced by 2,689 tonnes (-7.4%).
The main consumer of NR in Malaysia was the rubber gloves industry (70.7%), followed by rubber thread (8.9%) and tyre & tubes industries (6.8%). The total for these three indutries constituted more than two thirds of the overall domestic consumption of NR (86.4%).
The level of stocks of NR at end of December 2011 increased by 7,527 tonnes (+5.5%) to 143,432 tonnes compared to the level of stocks held at end of November 2011. Year-on-year comparison registered slight increased on stocks by 0.7 per cent.
6. AVERAGE MONTHLY PRICE PER KILOGRAM
(Noon Quotations - F.O.B.)
In December 2011, the average monthly price of NR on the overall was lower compared to last month. The average price of latex concentrate dropped 24.12 sen (-3.5%) to 668.26 sen compared to the previous month, whilst year-on-year, price dropped 276.03 sen (-29.2%).
The price of S.M.R. 20 reduced by 11.07 sen (-1.1%) to 1,036.21 sen compared to the previous month and 379.48 sen (-26.8%) compared to a year ago.
A total of 10,900 persons were engaged in the rubber estates in December 2011. From the total, 10,897 persons were paid employees with total salaries & wages paid amounting to RM15.6 million. The total number of workers engaged decreased by 216 persons (-1.9%) from the previous month but comparing a year ago, it increased by 90 persons (+0.8%).
In December 2011, the productivity of NR production in estates was recorded at 128.9 kilogram per hectare, an increase of 17.4 kilogram per hectare (+15.6%) compared to last month, but year-on-year, productivity decreased by 2.7 kilogram per hectare (-2.1%).
1.This report can be accessed through the homepage of the Department of Statistics, Malaysia (https://www.dosm.gov.my) under the Section: Statistical Releases.
2. Data for December 2011 provisional. The data would be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the January 2012 publication.