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Thai rubber farmers wheeze as prices slump

Farmer Jade Charongan cuts a rubber tree to bleed its sap at dawn at his rubber plantation in Ka Po village, Phang Nga on October 1, 2014Phang Nga (Thailand) (AFP) – As rubber prices slump, hard-up farmers in Thailand — the world’s top producer of the commodity — are appealing for a bailout, testing the junta’s resolve to end populist policies and an entrenched subsidy culture.

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