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Fiji Pine Rehab Planned

The good news is the 2021 harvest target would not be impacted because the forest stock was sustainable, he said.
31 Dec 2020 16:39
Fiji Pine Rehab Planned
Fiji Pine is working to rehabilitate its pine forests in Vanua Levu, following the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Yasa.

Rehabilitation plans are being drawn up for pine plantations in the North, following Tropical Cyclone Yasa.

Fiji Pine group mananging director, Vimlesh Kumar, made the comment after revelations over the damage to plantations in Vanua Levu.

The good news is the 2021 harvest target would not be impacted because the forest stock was sustainable, he said.

“We adjust our harvesting rate/planting rate to ensure long term forest sustainability,” said Mr Kumar.

“Our Bua team is progressing through damage assessment to our plantations.”

These assessments are categorised into:

n Damage to matured trees and the extent of damage,

n Damage to young crops and the extent of damage.

The first assessment involves trees that have broken tops or have fallen completely, Mr Kumar said.

“Fiji Pine Group is already mobilising harvesting contractors to salvage the logs,” he said.

Impact

“The logs will be harvested and delivered to Fiji Pine’s Wairiki factory,” Mr Kumar said.

“Not all our forest stocks have been impacted.

“It is mostly the sides of the plantation areas which took the most of the cyclone force.”

Trees that have fallen will be propped up, he said.

“This is where we straighten the trees and manually tie to anchor,” Mr Kumar said.

“Through this way we will be able to salvage most of these young crops – these crops will survive.

“For very young seedlings recently planted that have been wiped off, we will have to replant.”

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj



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