Nasc8 Essay

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RUBBER RUBBER CAMIL G. LONTOC NASC 8 Z-2R CAMIL G. LONTOC NASC 8 Z-2R CACAO CACAO COFFEE COFFEE COPRA COPRA ABACA ABACA PRIMARY PROCESSES OF PLANTATION CROPS February 17, 2014- The class went to Agronomy, UPLB to observe the different processes involved in the production of different materials from crops i.e., abaca, rubber, cacao and coffee. ABACA ABACA ABACA ABACA First, our group went to see how abaca fiber is produced from the tree’s leaf sheaths. It was amazing how the tuxy ribbon cut from the abaca’s trunk transformed into fibers when it went through the Benito knife, serrated and non-serrated. I tried to do it but I can’t. Pulling the tuxy ribbon was hard! Then I knew producing such fibers are difficult. Next, we were taught of how copra is produced from mature coconut shells. The tool he used to dry the coconut meat was what he called the dryer. Drying it for several hours and snapping off the meat when it is totally dry. Next, we moved to look at a rubber tree, being tapped using a tapping knife. The man who taught us said it is best to cut the trunk of the tree perpendicular to the something tubes (those producing the latex) as to maximize the yield. This forms a half-spiral bark lacing which is done every day on different areas of the trunk. He said the tree is good for tapping for about 25 years, starting when the trunk’s circumference reaches 20 inches. The primary product from this is the latex which is used to produce the commercial “rubber”. Thereafter, we were offered a nice cup of chocolate drink along with a hot and yummy pandesal while sitting down to hear the lecture on Cacao and Coffee. It was inspiring to know that coffee and chocolates are just steps away whenever I would want to make some. We have some trees of sort and I think I would be trying to roast coffee beans and cacao soon! The man there discussed

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