KIDAPAWAN CITY, Cotabato, Philippines — 1000’s of rubber tree planters in Cotabato province at the moment are experiencing losses following the “wintering season” that’s frequent each first quarter of the yr.
Engineer Sustines Balanag, a Cotabato provincial agriculturist, mentioned the pure phenomenon had affected no less than 18,400 rubber planters proudly owning an estimated 28,800 hectares of rubber plantation all around the province.
He mentioned the wintering season lowered the latex manufacturing this yr from 50 % to 70 % — or no less than 200 kilograms per hectare.
In the course of the common season, a hectare of rubber bushes might produce a median of 400 kilograms of latex per hectare.
Balanag mentioned every rubber tree might produce 1.6 kilograms of rubber cup lumps each 15 days. Nevertheless it dips to no less than 0.8 kilograms as an impact of the wintering season.
Processed rubber cup lumps from Cotabato province are shipped to China and Malaysia for the manufacturing of tires, Balanag mentioned.
Balanag mentioned rubber planters might start to get well losses by April.
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