Figure 7 Tree tapped on two faces.
Figure 8 Propped branches are climbed to reach higher on the face.
Low prices paid to the resineros for their product since the formation of the
Fondo de Resina have adversely affected resineros’ incomes. Some resineros are
beginning to believe that tapping is not a worthwhile activity. Many groups, including
FEHCAFOR and some aid projects, have negotiated with the Fondo to increase prices
paid to the resineros. Table 1 shows the revenue and costs per 60-gallon barrel of resin
for Cooperativa Guadalupe in 2002. The sale price at the factory was 900 Lempiras (17.4
Lps./Dollar) and the total costs were 232 Lps., not including labor. This leaves a net
profit of 668 Lps. per barrel produced. Labor costs were not calculated because they vary
considerably between resineros who tap their own plots and those who pay mozos to tap
their plots. A study by FINACOOP (1995, as cited in Johnson, 1998) estimated the labor