(Makuyuni Planting Project, continued from pg. 1)
In this part of Africa there grows a bush called Acacia mellifera, a thorny species that poses problems in cutting and handling. It is popularly known as ‘wait-a- bit’ because its numerous claw-shaped thorns tend to hook onto passers-by, thus causing them to stop (wait a bit) to remove the prickle carefully in order to avoid injury or shred clothing.
Because of this problem Sebastian is experimenting with a new way of planting. He says, “I have experimented last year with a new method called random planting in that area focused at attempting to reduce the quantity of land that must be cleared before planting. I only clear circles where we plant the trees in a circular formation with a 10 meter radius allowing us to save space instead of the old system of doing long strict lines. This removes the need to clear the whole area. It is proposed that we can plant over 25,000 trees.”
The people of Makuyuni say this is the first large-scale project that has come to their village and are proud of the work they are doing. The ABCP is grateful for the contributions of private donors and the Good Gifts Catalogue in making this project an important part of our conservation of Dalbergia melanoxylon.
Musa Saidi (lt) and Edmund Zakayo (rt) are tending young mpingo trees at Makuyuni Plot. Aftercare is an important aspect of ABCP work, to insure long term survival after the early vulnerable years.
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