Production of natural rubber (NR) in January 2013 was recorded at 87,957 tonnes, increased by 11,694 tonnes (+15.3%) from December 2012. Year-on-year comparison also shows an increase of 2,798 tonnes (+3.3%). The smallholdings sector contributes 93.1 per cent of the total NR production whilst estates sector only 6.9 per cent. The state which produce the highest NR on estates was Kedah (23.0%), followed by Negeri Sembilan (20.1%) and Perak (16.3%).
In January 2013, the total exports of NR decreased by 6,453 tonnes (-8.6%) from the previous month to 68,296 tonnes. However, this month's exports of NR is 11,765 tonnes (+20.8%) higher than a year ago. From the total NR exports, 95.3 per cent was contributed by the Standard Malaysian Rubber (S.M.R.) with 56.2 per cent comprised of S.M.R. 20.
More than half of the NR exports of Malaysia were exported to the People's Rep. of China (45.8%), followed by Federal Rep. of Germany (12.2%), U.S.A. (4.3%), Brazil (4.0%), Rep. of Korea (3.8%), Islamic Rep. Of Iran (2.6%), Belgium (2.5%) and Turkey (2.3%).
A total of 91,481 tonnes of NR were imported in January 2013. Imports increased by 8,233 tonnes (+9.9%) from December 2012 and 36,888 tonnes (+67.6%) from a year ago. Standard Rubber and Latex Concentrate were the main type of NR imported, at 36.4 per cent and 34.3 per cent respectively.
The main supplier of NR were Thailand (53.7%) and Viet Nam (18.3%). These two countries accounted for 72.0 per cent of the total imports of NR.
4. DOMESTIC CONSUMPTION
In January 2013, the domestic consumption of NR was recorded at 37,644 tonnes, reduced by 207 tonnes (-0.5%) from December 2012. However, this month's domestic consumption is higher than January 2012 by 2,515 tonnes (+7.2%).
The highest consuming industry of NR was the rubber gloves industry with a total of 27,246 tonnes (72.4%), followed by rubber thread (8.0%) and tyre & tubes (6.8%). These three industries consumed more than half of the overall domestic consumption in the country with a total of 32,809 tonnes (87.2%).
6. AVERAGE MONTHLY PRICE PER KILOGRAM
(Noon Quotations - F.O.B.)
In January 2013, the average monthly price of latex concentrate was recorded at 614.20 sen per kilogramme, increased by 37.22 sen (+6.5%) from the previous month but decreased by 57.06 sen (-8.5%) when compared to January 2012.
The average monthly price of S.M.R. 20 was recorded at 909.98 sen per kilogramme, increased by 42.25 sen (+4.9%) from December 2012. Comparing to a year ago, this month's average price of S.M.R. was still lower by 146.60 sen (-13.9%).
At the end of January 2013, a total of 12,656 persons were engaged in the rubber estates. From the total, 12,652 persons were paid employees with salaries & wages paid amounting to RM17.9 million. The number of paid employees went up by 1.6 per cent from the previous month and 0.2 per cent from a year ago. The estate workers represent 89.0 per cent of the total workers on estates with salaries & wages paid amounting to RM15.0 million.
In January 2013, the productivity of NR production on estates was recorded at 146.2 kilogramme per hectare. Productivity of NR increased by 15.2 kilogramme per hectare (+11.6%) when compared month-on-month and 2.2 kilogramme per hectare (+1.5) for year-on-year.
1.This report can be accessed through the homepage of the Department of Statistics, Malaysia (http://www.dosm.gov.my) under the Section: Statistical Releases.
2. Data for January 2013 provisional. The data would be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the February 2013 publication.