Trees, Harvesting & Processing Latex

This post gives an overview of rubber processing.

1/2 coconut shell is the commonly seen container used to catch the dripping latex from rubber trees.

Because there are a lot of coconuts in Jambi, a ½ shell is almost always used to collect the latex. The shell is either placed on the ground or propped against the tree with a 3-5’ branch that has a “Y” on the end of it.

The trees are cut diagonally, which opens the bark and allows the latex to flow down and out onto a metal spout that has been inserted into the tree’s bark. From there the latex drips into the coconut shell.

New cuts on trees usually take place during early morning hours. A good harvester can make a new cut in 20 seconds, and daily they can cut between 450-650 trees.

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