HARVESTING AND PROCESSING OF RUBBER IN LIBERIA

HARVESTING AND PROCESSING OF RUBBER IN LIBERIA

  • Nursery stage for 9 months and propagation by grafting a bud from a mature tree taking 5 to 7 years for latex to be tapped.




  • Latex is harvested very early in the morning by making a slanting cut on the bark of the tree at 35° done once every 2 days, in a small metallic bowl lasting for 10 to 20 years.
  • Latex is then collected into bigger vessels and taken to processing factories
  • At the factories, latex is diluted with water to avoid a sticky substance
  • The solution is then mixed either with acetic or formic acid forming a spongy coagulated mass
  • Coagulated mass is then rolled to drain out moisture/water and placed on rackets or platforms for sun drying to remove any moisture




  • After removing the moisture a rubber sheet is formed from which materials for industrial and domestic use are got

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