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Visiting group lauds initiative

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

LANDOWNERS operating a pine seedling nursery at Lololo near Lautoka have lauded Tropik Wood Industries Limited's initiative that saw workers visit the Lololo Forest Base Company yesterday.

Makario Jope Tuicakau, operations manager at the nursery said it was a first-time visit for many of the Drasa pine processing plant workers.

During the visit by about 100 Tropik Wood employees, Mr Tuicakau explained the intricacies of planting pine seeds and untiring seedlings until they were ready for forests.

"The survival rate in some cases can be as low as 40 per cent and can also go as high as 80 per cent," he said.

"There are several factors that affect pine seedlings but the most important one is weather.

"That is why each seedling is precious and important to us because of the time, skills and resources that's needed to produce just one tree," he said.

Tropik Wood's executive chairman Faiz Khan said he felt it was important for workers at the mill to understand the difficulties and challenges faced by those at the nursery to produce one plant.

"We hope that this translates to the plant and also the manner in which they utilise all the logs that we process," he said. Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama launched the pine replanting program in April this year.

So far 3500 hectares have been planted with 3.9 million seedlings at a cost of $2million.





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