Kampuchea -- once one of the world's foremost rubber producers -- is speedily resuming production under the supervision of Soviet experts.
GV & CU Rubber workers at trees, collecting rubber liquid in pots in Kompong Cham province (3 shots)
GV Workers cut grooves on rubber trees. (2 shots)
GV & SV Soviet advisers with Kampuchea workers (3 shots)
GV Women moving rubber blocks
SV Workers cut up rubber blocks (2 shots)
GV & SV Soviet advisers with Kampuchea workers (2 shots)
GVs & SV Soviet advisers assist in unloading of trucks (5 shots)
GV & SV Line up of Soviet trucks (2 shots)
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Background: Kampuchea -- once one of the world's foremost rubber producers -- is speedily resuming production under the supervision of Soviet experts. All but a small proportion of rubber produced goes to Soviet bloc countries. So far only one of the country's rubber plantations is being worked again, but there are plans for future expansions. Eight Soviet advisers stationed at the rubber plantation in Kampong Cham province are directing the development there. Last year 5,000 tonnes of dry rubber was produced. This year's total is expected to double. By 1985, Kampuchea plans to approach the pre-war levels of 50,000 tonnes. There are now at least 400 Soviet advisers stationed in Kampuchea, an indication that the Soviet Union is trying to develop its relationship with Kampuchea, independently of Vietnam which installed the current regime in the country.