Good bet on rubber
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CTA. 2002. Good bet on rubber. Spore 99. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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This could be a good time to get back into natural rubber. Although prices fell 50% from 1996 to US$ 0.70/kg in 2001, a study published early in 2002 by the University of Amsterdam predicts that a rise in demand and prices in the mid-term...
This could be a good time to get back into natural rubber. Although prices fell 50% from 1996 to US$ 0.70/kg in 2001, a study published early in 2002 by the University of Amsterdam predicts that a rise in demand and prices in the mid-term future. Liberia, Ghana and Cameroon have increased production in recent years, but the market share of Côte d Ivoire and Nigeria Africa s biggest producers is at risk. In Côte d Ivoire privatisation has not worked well, leaving smallholder producers the majority to fend for themselves. In Nigeria, replanting has long been neglected and most trees are more than 30 year old, at least 5 years past their prime. Replanting is dear for smallholders: new trees (Hevea brasiliensis) take six years before they can be tapped; regular replanting, and delayed production, cuts directly into the flow of sap and income. The National Agricultural Research Centre in Côte d Ivoire has ways to soften these blows. Rubber can be intercropped with any one crop of rice, yam, groundnut, plantain, maize or vegetables, without any loss of yield. They claim it also grows alongside such cash crops as coffee, cocoa, oil palm, kola and lemon. [caption to illustration] Elasticity in inter-cropping methods