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Supply glut, slowing demand leave rubber tappers in a sticky place

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Half of Mr Winai's trees were left untapped this season, and he plans to raze about 100 rai (16 hectares) to grow cassava or pineapple instead.

Bangkok

AS rubber prices slumped towards a six-year low, 20 of 30 workers who drained the sticky latex from trees on Winai Chaikunanant's plantation in Thailand quit. Even with income sharing, they earned less than the minimum wage.

Mr Winai isn't faring much better. The 70-year-

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