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2.8 million Pine Seedlings Targeted For Planting

About 2.8 million pine seedlings are expected to be re-planted in the country this year. Fiji Pine Limited executive chairman Faiz Khan said this plan will be reviewed on a
27 Jan 2015 10:55
2.8 million Pine Seedlings Targeted For Planting
A Corrections Officer with inmates during the launch of the Pine replanting programme at Lololo Pine Station in Lautoka. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

About 2.8 million pine seedlings are expected to be re-planted in the country this year.

Fiji Pine Limited executive chairman Faiz Khan said this plan will be reviewed on a quarterly basis depending on whether the target could be revised either upwards or downwards.

“We target to plant 2500 hectares or 2.8 million seedlings this year,” he said.

The areas of re-stocking include Lololo (Lautoka), Nadi, Ra, Nabou (Nadroga), Bua and Macuata.

Mr Khan said: “Our main objective is to ensure that high levels of quality are maintained in replanting. To this end, we have daily quality assurance checks.”

He said Lololo forestry aims to achieve high levels of planting whilst the weather is conducive in the first quarter of this year.

Mr Khan said Fiji Pine exclusively gives all planting to the landowner-operated forest-based companies.

“This is to generate economic activities for our landowner communities. The arrangement between Lololo Forest Base and Fiji Corrections Services is a unique one,” he said.

Mr Khan said the Fiji Corrections Service aims to rehabilitate many of its inmates.

“The arrangement between them brings together strong synergies,” he said.

“Fiji Pine Limited approved of the arrangement based on assurance from Fiji Corrections Services that the inmates will be paid whilst being rehabilitated at the same time.”

Meanwhile, Lololo Forestry Company Operations manager Jope Tuicakau said during the first eight days, 47,000 seedlings were re-planted.

“The first payment of $6424 has been presented to the Fiji Corrections Service last Friday with another payment expected this week,” Mr Tuicakau said.

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