Prof Prefers To Grow Rubber

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Dr. Reymon Ruba in his rubber plantation intercropped with various crops, including gabi, coffee, cacao and others.

A college professor in Musuan, Bukidnon does his own brand farming on the side to show that he does not only know how to teach but also how to manage his own farm. Moreover, it is his source of additional income while still employed and even beyond retirement.

He is Dr. Reymon Ruba, a soils and horticulture specialist, who planted rubber on six hectares. He loves rubber trees. He believes that rubber is much better to plant than say oil palm. Why? In oil palm the bunches have to be delivered to the oil mill immediately as the nuts become rancid after 24 hours and would be rejected by the oil mill. In the case of rubber, the latex (cuplumps) can be stored indefinitely while waiting for higher prices.

Dr. Ruba says that although it takes five years from planting before the rubber trees are tapped, the trees can be intercropped with short term crops for yearly cash flow. The intercrop could be vegetables, corn, peanuts and the like during the first two years. After the second year, the trees could also be intercropped with coffee and cacao which will bear fruit in two to three years.

With new technologies, according to Dr. Ruba, even trees that are older than 50 years can be induced to yield a lot of latex. An apparatus called Hevea H288 introduced in the Philippines by Zetryl Chem Philippines can stimulate continuous latex flow even in old trees for many years. Those interested to know more about Hevea H288 may contact Danton B. Pajarillaga at 0917-793-3267.

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