Indian rubber wood prices rose 125 per cent


The price of selected rubber wood with a diameter of 25 inches (63.5CM) has recently increased from Rs 6,000 (506 yuan) to Rs 7,500 (632 yuan) per tonne in India due to the decrease in supply due to continuous rains in Kerala in the third quarter of 2021.Rubber trees in plantations are usually cut down after they reach 25 to 30 years of age.Most of the rubber wood comes from Para, Kanjrapali, Ador, Patanamtita, Patanapuram and Nilampur districts.In addition to regular latex sales, farmers earn income by cutting down old wood and replanting new rubber wood.Last year’s rains in the high-altitude rubber-wood region damaged several transport roads, hampering trucks moving in and out of the plantation.ShajiRaphael, regional secretary of the Timber Market Sawmill Owners Association of India, said an average of 400 shipments of rubber wood arrive in Perubawah, the state’s rubber timber trading hub, every day.”The supply of rubber wood has been declining since the last few months.Now on average only 100 batches of rubber wood are available every day, “he added.At the same time, local plywood prices have started to rise as production and prices of rubber wood, which is mainly used to make plywood and packaging cases, have plummeted.For China, in the 1990s, rubber as an important strategic materials and the most scarce resources, so that rubber wood in Yunnan, Guangxi and Hainan rubber base construction was fanatically promoted.In 2007, nine of xishuangbanna’s 10 big state farms grew rubber.But the damage of rubber trees to the ecosystem is also obvious and intuitive. Xishuangbanna’s tropical forest has been shrinking at an alarming rate of 15,000 hectares per year.As for the land, due to the single-growth planting method of rubber trees, after planting rubber trees for decades, the land will only be able to grow rubber trees in the future, and will never be able to return to the rainforest.In China’s 14th five-year regulation, as well as the continuous improvement of the forest length system, new rubber forest has been difficult to obtain approval.In 2020, China’s import consumption of hardwood sawn timber is about 9 million m³, of which about 40% is rubber wood imported from Southeast Asia.In terms of rubber wood, China’s current import dependence is greater, but even if India is affected by inventory to increase import strength, but in recent years, China’s rubber wood consumption is also significantly reduced year by year, the impact on the domestic rubber wood market is still small.

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