PRODUCTION OF NATURAL RUBBER IN 2015 RECORDED AN ANNUAL GROWTH RATE OF -5.1 PER CENT AS COMPARED TO 2010
In 2015, the production of natural rubber was 722,122 tonnes as compared to 939,241 tonnes in 2010 with an annual growth rate of -5.1 per cent. Smallholding sector was the main contributor to the production of natural rubber at 665,301 tonnes or 92.1 per cent of the total production while 7.9 per cent was from estate sector.
Planted area in 2015 was 995,733 hectares. A large portion of rubber planting was owned by smallholding sector of 919,901 hectares (92.4%) and 75,832 hectares (7.6%) was estate sector.
In 2015, exports of natural rubber was 706,501 tonnes as compared to 900,770 tonnes in 2010 with an annual growth rate of -4.7 per cent. Almost half of the natural rubber exported to China at 49.3 per cent. This was followed by Germany (12.8%), Iran (5.6%), U.S.A. (5.1%), Brazil (2.4%) and other countries (24.8%).
Malaysia imported natural rubber of 957,300 tonnes in 2015, mainly from Thailand (52.9%) and Viet Nam (19.7%).
The number of persons engaged in the estate sector increased by 1,499 persons to 12,056 persons in 2015 as compared to 2010 with an annual growth rate of +2.7 per cent. The total salaries & wages paid to workers in the estate sector amounted to RM186.4 million in 2015.
THE OFFICE OF CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, MALAYSIA
30 November 2017
Ho Mei Kei
Public Relation Officer
Corporate and User Services Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
Fax : +603-8888 9248
Email : mkho[at]stats.gov.my