Rubber trees are now viewed as multi-purpose trees, not merely industrial trees grown on agricultural land, according to a decision by the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development.
Under this decision, rubber trees can be used for both agricultural and forestry purposes. This is seen as a solution to help the ministry, the Vietnam Rubber Group and municipal authorities simplify the formalities required to grow rubber trees on land currently used to grow trees of low economic efficiency.
The decision was signed by the minister Cao Duc Phat.
Of the 24 countries that grow rubber trees, 23 consider them to be forestry trees. The only exception is Myanmar.