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with paybacks largely accruing less than five years after construction. Firstpost talks to farmers and officials to gauge the crisis and offers solutions.This is the second part of a two-part series on the Great Rubber Slump Fact one: Tyres are made of rubber Fact two: Price of rubber has crashed Why aren’t tyre prices coming down is the question that rubber farmers have as you drive through the districts of Kottayam Pathanamthitta and Idukki Kerala’s ‘rubber belt’ That is precisely the question that SP Singh the convenor of All India Tyre Dealers’ Federation (AITDF) has been asking for some time and getting no convincing answer “When rubber prices go up tyre companies go to great lengths to explain why they are hiking tyre prices but when rubber prices go down they maintain a deafening silence” Singh tellsFirstpost He said the companies had selectively reduced prices on some tyres more as “tokenism” but not in proportion to the current slump in rubber prices Tyre dealers he said found this situation difficult to explain to consumers On average natural rubber accounts for about 40 percent of a tyre’s cost In a second representation made in seven years to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) in November 2013 the AITDF said five companies which controlled 90 percent of India’s tyre market — Apollo Tyres MRF CEAT JK Tyres and Birla Tyres — were indulging in cartelisation to keep prices high The AITDF alleged that in January 2009 not just rubber prices even the excise duty on tyres was slashed but the tyre prices were not brought down However in 2011-12 the rise of rubber price to Rs 243/kg led to a tyre price hike of 18 to 25 percent It’s been a free fall ever since with no corresponding drop in tyre prices The MCA referred the matter to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) which was set up by the Union government in 2003 to look into among other things anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominant position by enterprises The CCI ordered an investigation by its Director-General who concluded in December 2015 that the five companies were indeed in “active collusion” to determine tyre prices under the aegis of Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association (ATMA) The investigation found evidence that Koshy K Varghese Executive Vice-President (Marketing) of MRF and Neeraj Kanwar Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Apollo Tyres had a dialogue on pricing of tyres through ATMA ATMA’s contention was that steep increase in the prices of raw materials other than natural rubber — nylon tyre fabric carbon black butyl rubber rubber chemicals bead wire etc — made it difficult to reduce tyre prices The commission refused to buy their claims and also the argument that “dumping” of cheap tyres by China in the Indian market has put Indian companies under pressure Says Thomas Ouseph noted rubber consultant and former Secretary of Rubber Board: “The government has always been sympathetic to tyre companies and they have been making fabulous profits” The CCI which is currently in the process of hearing final submissions from contending parties may soon come up with a verdict The next hearing is on 17 May but it will be of little use to rubber farmers Vicious import cycles By keeping the tyre prices high the companies do not cause any direct harm to the farmers But by importing rubber in devious ways they can Even in the best of times Indian companies had to import rubber because the country’s production fell short of demand “Imports are necessary because of the shortfall in production but the companies import more than needed and that depresses the domestic price” points out Ouseph And they are too eager to import rubber from countries like Indonesia Thailand Vietnam and Malaysia where rubber is cheaper by about Rs 20/kg An analyst who has watched the rubber industry for decades says “They time their imports in a way that brings down the price of Indian rubber They place import orders when India has little rubber that is during the monsoon But by the time they receive rubber from abroad at a cheaper price India has stock and the cheaper import reduces the domestic price” The import of rubber has more than doubled from 18 lakh tonnes in 2009-10 to 44 lakh tonnes in 2014-15 partly because of production shortfall “Production has been coming down at an alarming level and this will lead to a supply crunch in time” points out N Dharmaraj President of United Planters Association of Southern India (Upasi) and Chief Executive of Harrison Malayalam From a high of 913 lakh tonnes in 2012-13 production of rubber in India fell to 77 lakh tonnes in 2013-14 and to 645 lakh tonnes in 2014-15 Upasi estimates that in 2015-16 production will be just 54 lakh tonnes and imports will touch an all-time high of 46 lakh tonnes As a result from being the world’s third largest producer of rubber after Thailand and Indonesia in 2011 India slipped to the fourth place in 2012 after Malaysia and now finally to the sixth after Thailand Indonesia Vietnam China and Malaysia India’s production is falling because a good number of farmers have stopped producing That’s because producing rubber is costing them about Rs 100/kg while it is fetching them in the market just about that much may be a little less or more depending on the fluctuating prices The Mercy Boban story For the farmers to survive or make money the market prices must go up? 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