Tree plantings are also affected by Covid-19, but because the planting periods are different the situation is also different. Below is a description of how Covid-19 influences plantings in Nepal, Vietnam and Uganda.
Nepal: In Nepal, the planting period is July, August and September. Danish Forestry Extension (DFE) is confident that the local forestry association (the same as last year) will plant all trees. Last year, 12 acres were planted. This year, 27 hectares will be planted. All 27 acres are reserved. We have thus sold out in Nepal.
Vietnam: In Vietnam, the best planting season is September, October and November. Danish Forestry Extension (DFE) likewise believe that the local forestry association will be able to plant within the period, especially because the period is late in the year. Last year, 14 acres were planted. This year, the local forestry association has asked for assistance to plant 20 acres. We have not yet sold out of plantings in Vietnam. Read about the Vietnam model here https://growforit.dk/modeltraeplantning-i-vietnam-er-nu-faerdig/
Uganda: In Uganda, the country is influenced by Covid-19. All non-essential public institutions have been shut down, including the National Forestry Authority (NFA). Therefore, the local forestry association, UTGA, is at a stand-still regarding the “land lease” we should have planted on in 2020. Unfortunately, this uncertainty means that we will not be able to complete a spring planting during the period March, April and May. We are instead aiming for UTGA and Danish Forestry Extension (DFE) to be able to get a response from NFA, so we will be able to plant in the autumn period running from September to November.
Last year in Uganda, we planted 50 hectares with TROFACO. In 2020, we expect to be able to plant a similar area. This time, it will be with Danish Forestry Extension and the local forestry association UTGA. 27 acres of the 50 acres are reserved. Thus, we still have not sold out in Uganda.
Madagascar: In Madagascar, planting is continuously occurring, as the locals themselves produce and handle the mangrove cuttings that they also plant themselves. And because mangrove trees grow in salt water, there is no specific rain season to consider.