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close this bookBetter Farming Series 25 - The Rubber Tree (FAO - INADES, 1977, 31 p.)
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Where rubber trees are grown

Rubber trees are grown in regions that are hot and moist, that is:

· in Africa (250 000 tons of natural rubber);
· in Central and South America (31 700 tons of natural rubber)
· in Asia, which is the chief producer (3 207 100 tons of natural rubber).

In Africa they are grown mainly in the forest regions.

In Africa the chief producers of natural rubber are:


100 000 tons


80 000 tons


35 675 tons

Ivory Coast

18 000 tons


12 000 tons

Central African Empire

1 250 tons


1 700 tons


1 100 tons


160 tons

These production Figures (for 1974) are from the FAO Production Yearbook 1974.
To grow good rubber trees and harvest plenty of latex, you must:

· prepare the seedlings well;
· make a good plantation;
· look after the plantation;
· harvest the latex well.