History of Rubber
The rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis , originally comes from the rain forests of Brazil
Wild rubber or Hevea trees were widely dispersed, and the cost of collection of natural rubber was high.
Germinated seedlings were sent to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1877 to be nurtured and grown. From Colombo seedlings were sent to Singapore and Malaysia
Though natural rubber was threatened with the invention of synthetic rubber in the mid 20th century, today it owns nearly 45% of the market
Sri Lanka has an area of over 122,000 hectares of rubber plantation and produces 129,000 metric tons of latex annually.