shan wrote at 2015-03-04 18:50:09
its a common misconception that rubber should be grown as mono crop only.but reality is opposite. there are a lot of plant which can be grown in rubber plantation. cocoa is best because it will keep the soil moisture and fertility intact. this will increase the rubber production too. similarly there are other plants and herbs which can be grown profitably.
one thing also has been recorded that after some 35 years replanting rubber , in early rubber cultivated lands found that the yield has reduced substantially and it makes even the rubber cultivation unprofitable. the only solution found for this was that the spacing for rubber increased and other intercrops planted well between them. other option is to do other cultivation for some years before rubber planting.
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