RUBBER is considered as one of the key high-value industrial crops in the Philippines. It is a robust, perennial crop, which produces a milky white sap known as latex.
With the increasing demand for rubber in the world market, both the government and private sectors are exploring improved technologies on how to produce fast-growing and high-yielding rubber trees. Since the rubber industry is labor-intensive, it can support about 1.2 million workers and dependents by employing both men and women tappers and plantation workers.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the production of rubber cup lumps from April to June 2018 grew by 2.2%, from 117.68 thousand metric tons (mt) to 120.33 thousand mt. This can be attributed to the increase in a number of the rubber trees in the ARMM and SOCCSKSARGEN regions. The province of Zamboanga, though, topped all the rubber-producing regions with 34.3% contribution to the national total.
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