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Laup villagers get tree seedlings to plant

PEOPLE of Laup Ward in the Sinivit LLG, Pomio District, were given seedlings for premium hardwood timber trees this week.

The seedlings are from two sources – teak tree stumps from the OISCA International Rabaul andeEaglewood seedlings from the Sinivit LLG. Eaglewood is a premium timber tree that takes about five years to be ready for harvest.

Sinivit Rural Development Officer Lynette Samuel said the 18 wards in the LLG will be supplied 300 eaglewood seedling with names to be registered so they will undergo training.
“You’re the first ward to get these seedlings, and following the training, there will be additional assistance provided by the Forestry Department in terms of extracting products for market,” she said.

OISCA Rabaul International public relations officer Gesley Rivan said that under the Teak Tree program, a total of 210 wards have been covered with the teak tree seedlings distribution, with 120 nurseries in the province.

He said that because Sinivit LLG has land resources, it is being targeted as a model LLG to rollout this program, so to try to replicate the model project at Nanuk ward in Kokopo District, established five years ago.

“Apart from teak, we are also promoting eaglewood and balsa.

“The committee is also formulating a policy for these tree crops,” he said.
Mr Rivan said that the program will end by 2026, and that downstream processing programs will follow suit.

The teak program is being rolled out under a partnership between OISCA International, and the ENBPG and support from UNRE, the National Forest Authority (NFA), the National Forest Research Institute, the Public Investment Program (PIP) and Women and Youth in Agriculture WYA).