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Govt continues to promote use of rubber resin in road construction

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The government has continued to push for the increased use of rubber in the construction of roads nationwide by having rubber resin mixed with para soil cement. The Rubber Authority of Thailand is buying fresh resin from today.

 

Deputy government spokesman Lt Gen Weerachon Sukhonthapatipak said Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has been briefed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives about the ministry’s meeting, with members of rubber traders’ associations and representatives of five rubber exporting firms, on the low price of rubber in the export market. All parties have agreed to the conclusion that the futures markets overseas have suppressed the rubber prices in the domestic market and middlemen are reported to be keeping the rubber prices fluctuating in the the futures markets.

 

The government has continued to promote the increased use of rubber in the country by using it in the construction of roads nationwide. The Rubber Authority of Thailand began to buy fresh resin instead of rubber sheets today. Rubber traders will supply the fresh resin, bought by the RAOT, to local administrative organizations for use in the construction of roads.

 

The RAOT has calculated that about 13 tons of fresh resin can make a kilometer of road. If the resin is bought for 46 baht per kilogram, a rubber tree planter will earn nearly 200,000 baht per kilometer of road. The Department of Highways has assured that the surface of roads made of a mixture of resin and para soil cement is more resilient and durable in hot weather than the surface of road made of asphalt and cement.

 

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

If the resin is bought for 46 baht per kilogram, a rubber tree planter will earn nearly 200,000 baht per kilometer of road. 

That's Gross Revenue before Production Costs (operating costs and amortized capital investment).

Thai rubber farmers have found it difficult to make a sustainable income profit margin because their production costs are too high (despite various government subsidies).

Unless more financial information is provided as related to farmer's sale of rubber resin to the government for 46 baht/kg, I'd have to assume that the government's purchase of rubber resin doesn't provide farmers a very sustainable income. Especially when they continue to plant more rubber trees!

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"The Department of Highways has assured that the surface of roads made of a mixture of resin and para soil cement is more resilient and durable in hot weather than the surface of road made of asphalt and cement."

 

Have any actual scientific studies been done to confirm this theory of greater resilience? Or is it just another loony, half-arsed, idea to drive up the price of rubber and keep the rubber farmers voting the right way?

 

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If Thailand starts making roads out of what they cannot export now due to the baht, then I full expect roads made with rice soon. 

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43 minutes ago, RichardColeman said:

If Thailand starts making roads out of what they cannot export now due to the baht, then I full expect roads made with rice soon. 

Richard no no no, due to no rain no rice for road building.

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2 hours ago, Pedrogaz said:

Have any actual scientific studies been done to confirm this theory of greater resilience? Or is it just another loony, half-arsed, idea to drive up the price of rubber and keep the rubber farmers voting the right way?

 

There's a scientific research paper on it here:

 

http://tuengr.com/V09/067M.pdf

 

The paper also has references to other scientific research papers.

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Do they know the correct formula and procedures?

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