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Latex Farming

This is the basic form of farming done by most of the people in this part of Kerala. These are Rubber Trees which have to be "milked" every morning to obtain latex. This is done by peeling off a very small portion in a slanted position from the tree's bark. Latex oozes from this peeled off part and owing to the slant it flows down and collects in a coconut shell or a plastic container placed at the bottom of the cut. The latex is collected from all the trees and allowed to solidify which is then compressed into a thin sheet of rubber. This forms the raw material for tyres and other rubber products.

I'll post a close up shot tommorow :-)

Latex Farming

This is the basic form of farming done by most of the people in this part of Kerala. These are Rubber Trees which have to be "milked" every morning to obtain latex. This is done by peeling off a very small portion in a slanted position from the tree's bark. Latex oozes from this peeled off part and owing to the slant it flows down and collects in a coconut shell or a plastic container placed at the bottom of the cut. The latex is collected from all the trees and allowed to solidify which is then compressed into a thin sheet of rubber. This forms the raw material for tyres and other rubber products.

I'll post a close up shot tommorow :-)

comments (3)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 14 May 2007, 01:50
I feel like a little kid in elementary school, Thomas, reading your text and seeing this pic. Talk about getting an education! I look forward to the close-up tomorrow.
Thomas Mathew: Thanx a lot for those kind words Ginnie. Hope I'll be able to clarify the process a bit more through tommorow's pic smile
  • Vini
  • 14 May 2007, 08:05
Sound really interesting and cumbersome toosmile Daily in the morning.
Thomas Mathew: Yes it is - thats what a farmer's life is all about smile
  • Ellie
  • 16 May 2007, 00:45
I somehow thought rubber trees would be much bigger than this.
Thomas Mathew: These are almost fully grown trees Ellie - they don't get much bigger than this smile

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