Thai Rubber Farmers in Crisis
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Thailand is the leading rubber exporter in the world. In the last two years, the price paid to rubber farmers has plunged from approximately 190 Baht per kilo (about $6.10 US) to 52 Baht per kilo (about $1.60 US). It costs about 65 Baht per kilo to produce rubber ($2.05 US). Rubber farmers have taken jobs in the construction trade or in Bangkok to provide for their families during the slump.