Raising Forest Seedlings in Vietnam: Current Status
Kazutsune Tsurumi, Takashi Daido and Masaru Shibata
In 1995, Oji Paper Co., Ltd., Nissho Iwai Corp., and Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. established a forestry company, Quy Nhon Plantation Forest Company of Vietnam Ltd. (QPFL), in Binh Dinh province, Vietnam, for the production of raw material for pulp and paper.
Binh Dinh province is located in a temperate monsoonal area. The rainy season period is from October to December, and the dry season period is from January to September. The mean annual rainfall is 2400 mm and the mean annual temperature is 24°C.
Annual planting area target covers 1500 ha and harvesting period is 7 years. Therefore, the final planting area target totals 10,500 ha. As of 1999, planted area covered about 7200 ha. Eucalyptus camaldulensis and Acacia auriculiformis are the species planted and the ratio of these species is 4 : 6. The standing density is 1666 trees ha-1 (spacing is 3 m × 2 m). The number of seedlings raised annual is nearly 3 millions.
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