KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (May 18, 2010)—The Philippines has joined the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries.
The organization, which now has 11 members, said it represents more than 90 percent of the world's NR production.
The newest member has been an NR producer for more than a century. Today the Philippines has about 130,000 hectares of rubber tree plantings, with an estimated 40 million mature trees producing 420,000 metric tons of latex in wet weight, the equivalent of about 125,000 tons of dry rubber content.
The ANRPC said smallholders now account for about 90 percent of all NR produced in the Philippines. A government program to expand cultivation to 500,000 hectare's and improve yield is under way.
The other members of the ANRPC, which was formed in 1970, are Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.