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Forestry Planting At Kwaraguru Estate
In April and May 2016, SFI Tanzania established a forestry area of about 200 ha, planted with eucalyptus and teak. Most of the trees were planted at Kwaraguru Estate, involving about 70 people for the planting. Proper soil preparation was conducted with a bulldozer, creating rip lines of about 90 cm deep to promote root growth and improve the survival of trees especially in the young growth stages. Next to the general forest stands, a species trial was planted with a mixture of different species and provenances. This trial serves to test these species and provenances on these soils and will support future selection of species and provenance for forestry at Kwaraguru Estate.
The planting season was initially supported by an extremely high rainfall: the total rainfall in April exceeded the average annual rainfall for the region.