RUBBER – New Promising Crop in Oriental Mindoro

Rubber is being discovered as another money maker in Mindoro. It all started when farmer-leader Mitch Miciano planted 700 rubber trees on less than two hectares of land owned by a brother in Pinamalayan town in 2005. The trees are now being tapped and are giving Miciano a monthly income of P65,000.

  
Miciano reported that the yield has been stable. The trees rest only two months of the year when they are not tapped. Miciano has subsequently planted rubber trees in his own land and if plans push through, plantings in Oriental Mindoro could expand to 400 hectares.
  
Meanwhile, Director Nicomedes Eleazar of the Bureau of Agricultural Research of the Department of Agriculture  is reviewing the agency’s rubber program and will convene the International Rubber Agroforestry Conference on Sept.4-6 in Manila in partnership with the International Rubber Research and Development Board (IRRDB). 
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