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Rubber Farmers are struggling harder

  • i2Matrix
  • 9 September 2019
 
 
KOTABUMI (lampost.co) - The humus from weathered leaves in the rubber garden is no longer smelled. The cool breeze seems no longer able to eliminate fatigue in the body when considering the increasingly heavy burden of living costs that must be borne. 
 
Rustam, a resident of Tulung Milli Hamlet, Rejosari Village, Kotabumi Subdistrict, when found in his arable land, Sumber Arum Village, Kotabumi Subdistrict, Saturday 7 September 2019, said the price of rubber latex began in July 2019 and from Rp 8,500 / kg to Rp 7,500 / kg kg has not increased until now. 
 
Plus the drop in crop productivity due to drought, also became a burden for him. This is because the decrease in income from the results of rubber leads is inversely proportional to the expenditure burden for families experiencing an increase. 
 
"Rubber prices have started to fall in July 2019 and until September 2019, there have been no signs of an increase. Meanwhile, life support for families from the results of rubber leads, because of productivity, the productivity has also declined while family expenses continue to increase," said the father of four children this. 
 
Touched on the differences in the price of sap in each tap, he replied, for this depends on the time of sale. When sold weekly the price becomes lower around Rp.5,500-6,000 / kg. If bi-weekly, around IDR 7,500-8,000 / kg and for monthly sales it is even higher. 
 
"In addition to the price of latex determined by large traders, at the level of collectors in the price area also determined the time of sale. Because, the longer the water content is stored in the latex the smaller the gum. In addition, the distance to the sales location also determines the difference in selling prices," he said. 
 
Regarding the productivity of the harvest, he admitted, in the rainy season, every two weeks a yield of about 6 quintals to 7 quintals of sap in the area of 1.5 hectares of arable land. In this dry season, productivity drops to 2 quintals to 3 quintals. 
 
If calculated, the comparison of income during the rainy season with the dry season with the last price of September 2019 is Rp. 7,500 / kg. The results obtained in the rainy season come in the range of Rp4.5-5.2 million while in the dry season Rp1.5-2.2 million. 
 
"The tapping income that is obtained every two weeks is not a net result of gold, because, it must be divided in half with the landowner. Not to mention, the price of sap which began to fall in July 2019, which until the beginning of September 2019 there was no sign of an increase plus a decline in the productivity of the results of the sap when "Dryness is a burden for families. Meanwhile, prices for basic necessities continue to rise and address this, I can only hope that in the future conditions will be better," he added. 
 
(Translated with Google Translate from http://www.lampost.co/berita-petani-karet-kian-merana.html)  
  
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