South-east Asia is the home of natural rubber production. Of all the continents, Africa is the second largest rubber producer, which provides more than 6 percent to the global market.
During the last decade of the 20th century, Nigeria expanded its hectare age and yield and has become the 8th largest rubber producing country in the world. In the West African region, plantation first started in Liberia but Cote-d-Ivoire out ranked Liberia within short period. The Cote-d-Ivoire ranks 9th in the world. It is the largest rubber producing country in Africa. Cote-d-Ivoire exports all its production to European countries.
Rubber tree has a wide tolerance for different soil types and soil moisture factors. A deep soil and fertilizers are required to encourage deep penetration and growing of roots and surface rooting.