Nursery sites planned for Malaita substations

Officer In-charge of the Reforestation Unit of Auki Forestry, Mr Rony Aiwewe helping students of Gwaigeo CHS during one of the School Tree Planting programmes in 2018.
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With Malaita’s reforestation boom, permanent nursery sites are being proposed for the substations in the province.

In-charge of Reforestry office in Auki, Mr Ronnie Aiwewe told this paper forestry nursery site is an important component of any reforestation programme.

He said he has officers stationed in the substations who are ready to help with rollout of the proposal.

Aiwewe said this would provide easy access for farmers to collect trees for planting.

He said currently farmers are travelling to Auki at their own cost to collect nursed seedlings to take home and plant.

Aiwewe said they rolled out the initiative last year with the help of MPG and it worked well for farmers upon feedback received from them.

He said the initiative on the other hand will boost reforestation in the province.

Aiwewe said his office has recorded growth in reforestation in the province and they thank the people for taking up the initiative despite lack of government support.

On that note, he said his office is also faced with limitations to fully execute and support the programme, but they will continue to partner with people to work towards their goal.