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required to produce one barrel of resin to be six man-days. Dividing the net profit per

barrel of resin by six man-days of labor gives a return of 111.2 Lps. per man-day of labor.

Table 2. Revenues and costs per barrel of resin, Cooperativa Guadalupe, 2002.

Total Revenues Lps.¡/barrel Sale price per barrel


Costs Lps./barrel Transportation Administration fee to cooperative Contribution to FEHCAFOR Municipal tax Management fee to COHDEFOR Materials and equipment¡¡ Christmas savings (optional) Total Costs¡¡¡ Lps./barrel Net Returns Lps./barrel

55.00 50.00 12.00 9.00 35.00 21.00 50.00 232.00


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Lempiras (17.4 Lps. = $1 in 2002) Source, R.N. Johnson, 1998. Adjusted for inflation Does not include labor costs.

However, the yield of resin per unit of labor input depends on many things such

as the size of the plot, time of year, altitude of plot, slope and aspect of plot, size and age

of trees in plot, and the spacing and arrangement of trees in the plot. In resin tapping, six

man-days of labor implies completing the tapping cycle twice (Table 2). Each cycle

consists of two man-days to score the trees, with two interval days to let the resin run.

The cups are typically emptied every seven days. The interval time varies depending on

the resinero’s schedule and how fast the cups fill. For most resineros, the labor inputs

are relatively constant, while yields vary substantially. The number of trees being tapped

in the plot causes great variation in yield per unit of labor. Plots of less than 600 trees

will produce less than one barrel from six man-days, while larger plots (>1000 trees)


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