JAKARTA, Indonsia (Jan. 23)—Indonesia is following the lead of Thailand and Malaysia and will cut its natural rubber output by 60,000 metric tons this year, according to Far East news sources. The Indonesian government plans to achieve these cuts—and reductions of 75,000 tons more next year—through replanting old trees, prohibiting expansion of current rubber acreage and promoting other crops. It was expected that Indonesia would follow its partners in the new International Tripartite Rubber Organization, said D. Thomas Marsh, president of Centrotrade Rubber U.S.A. in Virginia Beach, Va. "There´s been some price reaction in the market," added Marsh, who said prices are up about 20 percent from two months ago.
Indonesia cuts natural rubber production
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