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 :-)