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Fiji Pine To Plant To Grow

A total of 568,932 pine trees will be planted in the land recently leased by Fiji Pine Group. In an interview with SunBiz, Fiji Pine said the addition would increase
10 Sep 2021 07:00
Fiji Pine To Plant To Grow

A total of 568,932 pine trees will be planted in the land recently leased by Fiji Pine Group.

In an interview with SunBiz, Fiji Pine said the addition would increase the company’s current plantation size, which would ensure the sustainability of the company and more returns to the landowners.

“The pine we will plant now will take 20 years to mature,” the group said.

 

Mataqali Nanuku of Nagado village in Nadi willingly offered an additional 512 hectares of land to the company.

The total land leased from the landowning unit is at 1038 hectares.

Fiji Pine added it was working in progress to get the company under Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Mix certification.

“What this means is that private woodlot owners will get the same benefits/returns as the landowners who have their land leased under Fiji Pine,” the group said.

It is understood the group leased a total of 83,000 hectares of land for pine tree planting.

 

Development Fund
Meanwhile, a total of 105 people had been assisted through Fiji Pine Limited’s Landowner Community Development Fund.

Fiji Pine said the fund was valued at $250,774.

“This amount will increase monthly because our logging operations are ongoing.”

The company said the fund was introduced for community development of landowners so that they could improve their standard of living, since most of them lived in rural areas.

 

Fiji Pine said landowners could apply for the assistance to cater for their tuition fees for education, laptops to assist in their online classes, and water, sanitation, rural electrification and repair of houses that are damaged from natural disasters.

“We have an internal process for this fund.”

Application forms are distributed by station staff to landowning villages.

The turnaround time for the application is one day.

 

Feedback: shreya.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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