Sustainable Forest Management is one of the core environmental measures of the Oji Group. We manage our forests sustainably while making daily research efforts to increase the value of forest resources and make effective use of them.
Improving the Quality of Trees to Make Forests More Productive
Asia Agriculture and Forestry Technology Centre engages in research and technology development for maintaining and improving the productivity of plantation trees in a locally-based manner, based on forest plantation projects in Southeast Asia.
Improving the quality of plantation trees and increasing the crop yields by planting fast-growing, high-quality varieties lead not only to the improved profitability of the forest plantation business but also to the protection of natural forests, reducing their illegal logging. Asia Agriculture and Forestry Technology Centre is striving to improve the quality of fast-growing tree species, such as eucalyptus and acacia, based on breeding technologies that were cultivated in various countries.
Fast-growing plantation trees absorb a lot of nutrients. In addition, the use of heavy machinery for harvesting work causes concern that the soil will be hard and affect the growth of plantation trees. To operate the forest plantation business sustainably, it is necessary to keep the soil in a sound state by compensating for the loss of the nutrients that were absorbed by the harvested trees and improving the physical properties of the soil by means of tilling and other measures. For this purpose, we conduct nutritional analyses of soil and plantation trees and fertilization and tilling tests of them in our efforts to protect the soil environment.
|Artificial pollination of eucalyptus (Indonesia)
||A soil survey conducted in an acacia plantation (Vietnam)