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resinero empties each cup in his plot. They usually carry the resin in buckets which is

transferred to small barrels or containers carried by horses, mules, or donkeys.

Figure 1. Cup and channel resin tapping method

The resin is then brought to central collection points and put into large plastic

barrels in which the resin is transported to the processing factory. Several resineros each

have barrels at a collection point (Figure 2). When there are enough members with full

barrels, the cooperative will hire a truck to take the full barrels to the processing factory

where the resin is distilled into turpentine and rosin. These products enjoy a steady

demand from industries worldwide. The entire process of collecting resin is done by

individual resineros up until the point of sale to the factory. The best time of year for

tapping resin is from January to May during the dry season. The heat, low humidity, and

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