Stocks rose 10.5 per cent to 254,525 tonnes at the end of January compared to 230,300 tonnes in the preceding month.
The smallholdings sector accounted for more than 92.9 per cent of the rubber produced in January, said the department in a statement today.
Meanwhile, domestic consumption of natural rubber increased 1.6 per cent to 44,302 tonnes in January versus 43,617 tonnes consumed in the previous month.
In terms of rubber usage, the rubber glove industry accounted for 74.2 per cent followed by rubber threads (9.4 per cent), tyres and tubes (6.4 per cent) and others (10.0 per cent). – Bernama