Day three of the Ghana road trip: how rubber is harvested.
It wasn’t long before rubber trees were all around us. This man is carrying a load of rubber both in the basin on his head as well as the bucket in his hand.
When the rubber trees are too old to produce, they are cut, burned and sold for charcoal. New trees are planted in their place. These are about one year old.
Here the cups collecting the rubber sap from each tree can easily be seen.
We stopped at a rubber collection station. As we got closer, a stench I could have sworn must have been fresh human feces greeted my nose.
“The rubber has a strong scent,” Stanley advised. What an understatement!
Cuts are made in the tree bark, and the sap is collected in a cup. It doesn’t stink at this point.
The rubber is collected and weighed.
The rubber is dyed so the rubber company can identify it as theirs.