Cultivating Sengon trees on a small piece of land

Cultivating Sengon trees (Paraserianthes falcataria syn. Falcataria moluccana) on a small piece of land

Sengon is one of the favourite trees grown by local people especially in Java due to its fast growing, multipurpose uses and strong demands. Also, a professor from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine IPB, Agik Suprayogi, has grown this timber since three year ago in a small piece of bareland and the trees grows very well already reaching dimensions ready for harvesting. Seedlings for establishing this small plantation were supplied from the nursery of Department of Silviculture IPB. In a broader perspective, planting trees in lots of small pieces of abandoned and bare lands outside forest lands, i.e. Trees outside Forest (TOF) will benefits the local economy as well as environment. Let’s go planting trees for improving livelihood as well as environment. A popular book on Sengon (in Bahasa Indonesia) is available in the lokal bookstore.

About Iskandar Z Siregar

Dr. Iskandar Z Siregar is a professor at the Department of Silviculture, Faculty of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Indonesia. His research interests are Population Genetics of Forest Trees, Molecular Genetics of Forest Plants, , Conservation and Sustainable Management of Tropical Forest Genetic Resources, Forest Tree Improvement, Forest Adaptation and Genetics in Silviculture. Current research projects are Genetic Variation of Shorea spp, Aquillaria spp., Melia spp. and Toona spp, Genetic Marker based Chain of Custody (CoC) in Timber (teak, agarwood and dipterocarps), Genetic Risks of Species Extincion (Endangered Shorea spp.), Conservation of Tree Genetic Resources outside Forests.
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