August 20, 2016

Locals in Wuntho Tsp selling baby teak

Teak seeds being collected. Photo: Sai Lumin (Media Group)
Teak seeds being collected. Photo: Sai Lumin (Media Group)

RESIDENTS in Wuntho Township in Sagaing Region are earning extra income by selling baby teak trees and seeds as the township forest department is collecting teak for the establishment of commercial teak plantations in the region.
Locals who have no land of their own can now generate income all the year round by collecting teak seeds within the forest reserve to sell them.
“All family members collect teak seeds in the forest reserve, selling at least K10,000 per basket to buyers from Nay Pyi Taw, Kachin State and the forest department of Kawlin Township,” said a local from Khatat Village in Pinlebu Township. “We also sell baby teak trees at K23 per pant.”
The Wuntho Forest Department is planning to establish commercial teak cultivation this monsoon at plot No.2 of Philay forest reserve.
The department has established these commercial teak plantations yearly under the national programme to develop one acre of teak plantation per village.
Forest now covers 70 % of the total land area in the region by increasing teak and other tree plantations.
There are nine forest reserves.


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