We are a small family-owned business that sells electrical transmission woodpoles and firewoods (Wood fuel) for firing factories energy-plants. We currently have a plantation with more than 10,000 E'grandis eucalyptus trees ready-for-sale.
COMMERCIAL FOREST FARMING:
Commercial tree growing is a multi-billion shilling business in Kenya, thanks to the recent moratorium on harvesting of trees in public forests and emerging markets. Most farmers are turning from crop production to tree farming and in particular eucalyptus trees.
Kenya has a forest cover estimated to be around 1.7% and shrinking very fast. Yet, tree planting is actually a great investment opportunity that has remained under-appreciated in many parts of the country. Nobody can deny the imposing beauty of trees in our indigenous forests such as the podo or forest olive or Prunus Africana.
A shamba without trees is like food without salt. We like trees because of the shade, their fruits, their protection against wind and rain and, of course, they provide us with wood for cooking, for construction or for furniture. Trees have a multi-purpose value.
Kenya like many countries in the globe does realize the effects of environmental degradation. The effects of the environmental degradation. The effects of the environmental destruction and degradation are well documented and the effects are too adverse not to be noticed. Thanks to many efforts in the global sphere and locally Kenya established the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) to regulate matters affecting the environment.
The authority is a step in the right direction but complimentary efforts are very critical to avoid disasters occasioned by missteps in environmental utilization. First, when it comes to say forest cover it is hardly enough to campaign for planting of trees and preservation of the same.
Trees like any earthly living things will grow, wither away and die with time. At the same time demand for wood products will soar with global population growth. As a start the cost of oil globally is not encouraging. Cheaper sources of energy have not become globally easily accessible.
Moreover, demand for other woods products like paper, furniture and construction materials will remain high. Use of technology like Internet platforms though set to ease paper usage will not do away with the need for paper as some of transactions and communication will still need paper till technology is proficient and rigorous protected in adequate measures.
In a nutshell, wood products and consumptions of trees will still continue to play a critical role in people’s lives. This means more consumption of trees and forest depletion. Nonetheless, scary as it is within human ability to manage this properly. What we require is better forest and tree management.
The rate of consumption of wood and thus trees should be surpassed by a good factor by the rate of planting more trees and taking care of many more trees. In essence the critical issue is to ensure aggressive campaigns and actions of planting more trees continuously and ensuring adequate tree cover at all times.
It is logical that commercial tree planting concentrates mainly on fast growing trees. The most common ones are the various types of eucalyptus. It grows very fast, one of the species, eucalyptus globules, can even survive in semi-arid zones, where usually only acacias and other hardy trees grow. Compared to other trees, Eucalyptus gives the fastest return of the invested money.
The ever increasing demand for wood products is making eucalyptus cultivation a profit making enterprise. There is no regret in investing in the business. Potential farm forestry products range from firewood, industrial wood and charcoal, transmission and construction poles.