Jalosjos visits Basilan to learn rubber production PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 July 2012 14:08

Zamboanga Sibugay  Governor Rommel A. Jalosjos  made an educational visit in Basilan last Saturday to see first hand the production of rubber latex from rubber trees that is a source of livelihood for many farmers.

Jalosjos met personnally with the officers and members of the Lamitan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative at Cocoland plantation formerly owned by Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.    The land was turned over and distributed to the people in the early 1990s.

Jalosjos  was led by LARBECO General Manager Jose Bernadas and Chairman of the Board Rodelio Ramones to the plantation of rubber, coffee and cacao trees and ricefields.

Experts showed Jalosjos how to tap a rubber tree for the release or exit of rubber latex going to the plastic case that is attached to the tree.

One of the experts Sozimo Labastida told Jalosjos that in tapping the rubber trees for latex to come out, there is a need for “tender loving care” so that the knife used by the tappers will not make wounds to the inner skin of the trees because it will hurt the trees.

Labastida said it is very important for the tappers to make only slide cuts on the first liner skin where the latex flows so that the tree will give them more than 30 years of latex.

He explained that in tapping a tree, it should be only on one half side  for five years release of rubber latex. Thereafter, another side will be used for another five years. —  Allen Abastillas