The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries releases its Natural Rubber Trends & Statistics, April 2020. The foreword of Secretary-General as follow:
April has been turbulent month for the entire world. While the Covid-19 pandemic has put the entire world in a standstill with the lock downs, movement control, social distancing protocols, and widespread closures implemented by governments across the world, they have impacted the natural rubber industry in multiple ways. In this context, ANRPC has made a preliminary assessment of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the production, primary processing, trading and consumption of NR in its member countries. The key observations reported by member governments are briefly presented in this issue of Natural Rubber Trends and Statistics. The efforts made by member governments in making this preliminary assessment are much appreciated.
The outlook on world production and consumption of NR has been revised down in the light of the observations made from the preliminary assessment of the impact of the pandemic. The outlook on world production in 2020 is revised down to 13.433 million tonnes, down 2.3% from the previous year. The revised figure is 679,000 tonnes lower compared to the outlook presented a month ago which was 14.112 million tonnes at 2.2% growth.
The outlook on world consumption in 2020 is revised down to 13.016 million tonnes which is down 5.1% from the previous year. The revised figure is 516,000 tonnes lower compared to the outlook anticipated a month ago which was 13.532 million tonnes at -1.5% growth. The pandemic has generated additional demand for NR in the manufacturing of glove and other rubber-based healthcare products, especially in Malaysia and Thailand, and this is helping the consumption sector in partly offsetting the fall in the demand for NR from auto-tyre manufacturing sector.
It is glad to inform that the coverage of this publication has been further widened. The key estimates and forecasts of the NR sector in Myanmar are reported from this issue onwards. This issue reports the estimates and forecasts of the production, annual rates of new-planting and replanting, area under cultivation, area occupied by tapped trees, and average annual yield of the NR industry in Myanmar. ANRPC extends its gratitude to the Department of Agriculture (Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation) for the efforts taken to scientifically prepare the estimates and forecasts despite the difficulties caused by the control measures in the context of the pandemic. Myanmar is a member of the ANRPC effective from September 1, 2018.
While soliciting valuable suggestions and feedback from all the esteemed users, I wish everyone good health.
Mr. R. B. Premadasa