- Volume 30 No. 2 – Para Rubber (Hevea brasiliensis Muell.)
Para rubber (Hevea brasiliensis Muell.) is fast becoming a dollar-earner crop in the Philippines because of its high export potential. In 2016, natural rubber exports to Malaysia, Taiwan, USA, Singapore, and Hongkong reached $ 36.4 million in the forms of latex and crepe sheets (The World Fact Book, Field Listing Exports-Commodities, Central Intelegence Agency, 2017).
Para rubber (H. brasiliensis Muell), as a reforestation crop can help control the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and combat green effect. It is also considered as one of the most profitable agro- industrial ventures in the country and commercially grown in Mindanao with great success as well as in most Southeast Asian countries, like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Southern China.
This issue of RISE will provide significant information as well as generate awareness on the benefits and importance of para rubber to the country. The information contained in this issue is intended for individuals or any stakeholder who is interested to cultivate and propagate this species. We hope the knowledge and learning that will be gained from this publication will be of use in further enriching our ecosystems landscape and services of valuing para rubber as a resource for conservation and protection.