LINDI PLANTATION, TANZANIA
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Nursery, Lindi
Co-ordinates: 10°11'3.15"S, 39°49'21.23"E
Altitude: 0-220m
Average annual rainfall: 700mm-1,100mm
Mean temperature: 28°C
Main rains: March–April
Euca: 18 m3/ha/yr MAI, 12 year rotation

Located in the Southern part of Lindi region of Tanzania, the plantation is well situated along the main tarmac road from Dar es Salaam to Mtwara, 40 km from Mtwara deep water port and 60 km from Lindi town, and 410 km to Dar es Salam. The average altitude is 110 m and annual rainfall of 950 mm. The area is flat and the soils are sandy loam to sandy clay loam subsoil.

The Lindi plantation totals 2,043, of which 1,359 ha have been planted while the remaining land is set aside as conservation with areas of indigenous forest and the remaining for infrastructure. Lindi Forest’s objective is to grow eucalyptus for utility poles and renewable energy.

Green Resources believes there is significant potential for establishing forest plantations in the Southern coastal areas of Tanzania, focused on a mixed objective of poles and building markets for the local market and wood chips/ pellets for the export market. Logistically, the plantation area is well situated, with easy access to the main domestic market in Dar es Salaam and ideal location for potential export ports. However, difficulties in obtaining suitable land have set a stop for the further expansion of the project.

In 2011, a record 757 ha of new forest was established, but planting was brought down to less than 20 ha during the last season due to lack of available land. 53% of the planted area is occupied by Eucalyptus species mainly E. camaldulensis and E. tereticornis but also a large proportion of Eucalyptus grandis x camaldulensis clones. Of other species 47% is teak and some indigenous hardwoods have also been planted. The teak is showing mixed success and the recent plantings have been focused on eucalyptus. FSC pre-assessment was completed in April 2012.

Community development

The company has constructed a new secondary school in the region, built a dispensary in Ruaha and a village office in Njonjo. The biggest priority for villagers in the Lindi region is access to fresh water. The company is assisting in this. Green Resources has paid for a geophysical water survey and contributed towards an existing World Bank project (Hingawali Water project).

Lindi, standing plantation by year of establishment
In ha Pine Euc Other species Total
<2008 0 0 0 0
2009 0 1 73 74
2010 0 1 73 74
2011 0 224 216 441
2012 0 482 275 757
2013 0 12 0 12
Total 0 721 637 1,358
In % 0 53% 47% 100%