An investigation into the purchase of rubber tree insecticide to control a plant disease in Bung Kan province has found there was no report of the disease in the province at the time, according to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI).
A planter taps rubber latex from a rubber tree in Pattani. Rubber plantations are popular in Thailand's northeast due to lucrative returns.
The DSI found that eight districts in Bung Kan province reported a disease outbreak among rubber trees during Sept 21-30, 2012. An announcement was issued to declare the areas disaster impacted zones. As a result, the province was able to seek emergency funds to buy insecticide to help planters.
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