Bo Thong, Thailand. 2nd Sep, 2014. A worker at the Bothong Rubber Fund Cooperative hangs rubber sheets after they were dried in a large smoker. Thailand is the leading rubber exporter in the world. In the last two years, the price paid to rubber farmers has plunged from approximately 190 Baht per kilo to 52 Baht per kilo. It costs about 65 Baht per kilo to produce rubber. A rubber farmer in southern Thailand recently committed suicide, allegedly because the low prices meant he couldn't provide for his family. Other rubber farmers have taken jobs in the construction trade or in Bangkok to pro

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Sept. 2, 2014 - Bo Thong, Thailand - A worker at the Bothong Rubber Fund Cooperative hangs rubber sheets after they were dried in a large smoker. Thailand is the leading rubber exporter in the world. In the last two years, the price paid to rubber farmers has plunged from approximately 190 Baht per kilo to 52 Baht per kilo. It costs about 65 Baht per kilo to produce rubber. A rubber farmer in southern Thailand recently committed suicide, allegedly because the low prices meant he couldn't provide for his family. Other rubber farmers have taken jobs in the construction trade or in Bangkok to provide for their families during the slump. (Credit Image: © Jack Kurtz/ZUMA Wire)

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