Future for Liberia's rubber farmers shaky amid economic woes

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Future for Liberia's rubber farmers shaky amid economic woes

A tyre is used to mark the entrance to Firestone's garage in the town of Harbel, Liberia Saturday, July 18, 2020. The rubber industry in Liberia has gotten so bad that some farmers are cutting down their rubber trees with hopes of producing palm oil instead and Firestone recently announced plans to lay off 374 people with the company citing the impact of the global COVID-19 economic crisis among other factors. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)
FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2007 file photo, an unidentified worker inspects collected latex at the Firestone rubber plantation near Monrovia, Liberia. In 2020 the rubber industry in Liberia has gotten so bad that some farmers are cutting down their rubber trees with hopes of producing palm oil instead and Firestone recently announced plans to lay off 374 people with the company citing the impact of the global COVID-19 economic crisis among other factors. (AP Photo/George Osodi, File)

Future for Liberia's rubber farmers shaky amid economic woes

A tyre is used to mark the entrance to Firestone's garage in the town of Harbel, Liberia Saturday, July 18, 2020. The rubber industry in Liberia has gotten so bad that some farmers are cutting down their rubber trees with hopes of producing palm oil instead and Firestone recently announced plans to lay off 374 people with the company citing the impact of the global COVID-19 economic crisis among other factors. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)
FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2007 file photo, an unidentified worker inspects collected latex at the Firestone rubber plantation near Monrovia, Liberia. In 2020 the rubber industry in Liberia has gotten so bad that some farmers are cutting down their rubber trees with hopes of producing palm oil instead and Firestone recently announced plans to lay off 374 people with the company citing the impact of the global COVID-19 economic crisis among other factors. (AP Photo/George Osodi, File)