Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Firm set to plant millions of trees

Firm set to plant millions of trees

Firm set to plant millions of trees

Think Biotech (Cambodia)Co Ltd plans to plant more than 30 million trees on about 30,000ha by the end of 2023 after being granted the right to do so by the government to meet the rising demand for timber in the Kingdom.

Think Biotech executive director Lu Chu Chang who is also president of the Wood Processing Industry Association, said more than 30 million trees will be planted on 34,007ha at the Boeung Char Rehabilitation and Dissemination Stations in Kratie and Stung Treng provinces.

He said once fully grown, the trees will be processed into timber products to meet the needs in the country as construction continues to grow, especially in Preah Sihanouk province and Phnom Penh.

“Think Biotech (Cambodia) Co Ltd has bulldozed 5,000ha. It plans to plant nearly seven million luxury tree saplings in May 2020 on the bulldozed land.

“In 2021 and 2022, the company plans to bulldoze 10,000ha per year and plant a total of 25 million tree saplings,” he said in a report last week.

Lu noted that the tree planting would create jobs for about 100,000 people and that the trees will be fully-grown within five years.

Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra said the project will help reduce forestry crimes and create jobs, improving the livelihoods of villagers living in the area.

“Establishing tree plantations is an effective strategy to stop natural resource crimes and strengthen the conservation of natural resources. Cambodia is rich in natural resources and biodiversity. The forest covers some 50 per cent of the country – the highest rate in Asia,” he said.

Environmental activist Heng Sros accused the company of felling trees in protected areas and warned that the plantation project could be used as a cover to continue illegal logging.

“Planting trees to serve as raw materials to be processed into products is a pretext of the company. The trees cannot be harvested for many years, so the company may enter to log the Prey Lang Forest area,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ministry requests school opening

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on Thursday said it would request a decision from Prime Minister Hun Sen to allow a small number of schools to reopen next month. Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said if the request is granted, higher-standard schools will reopen

  • Kingdom eyes India FTA, China deal set for August

    Cambodia is studying the possibility of establishing a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with India to open a new market with the second-largest regional economy. This comes as an FTA with China is scheduled to be signed next month while similar negotiations with South Korea

  • Judge lands in court after crashing into alleged thief

    Sen Sok district police on Thursday sent a Koh Kong Provincial Court judge to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on manslaughter charges after he crashed his car into a woman riding a motorbike on Wednesday, killing her. District police chief Hour Meng Vang told The

  • Gov’t to boost Siem Reap tourism

    The Ministry of Tourism released the results of an inter-ministerial committee meeting concerning Siem Reap province’s Tourism Development Master Plan for 2020-2035 on Wednesday, revealing the government’s plan to improve the overall tourist landscape there. The meeting was attended by Minister of Tourism

  • Residents ordered to remove structures on Phnom Penh’s canal

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng has ordered authorities to act against the perpetrators who built houses along the Luo 5 canal in Meanchey district. The municipal administration plans to create a committee to solve the matter. The order was given on Wednesday while Sreng led

  • ‘On the offensive’: Cambodia to load up on loans to stimulate economy

    As the dust settles on the economy, Cambodia comes to grips with what needs to be done to turn the economy around, starting with a big shopping list for credit ‘We are going on the offensive,” Vongsey Vissoth, Ministry of Economy and Finance permanent secretary

  • Government set to make up for cancelled April holiday

    The government is set to make up for a five-day Khmer New Year holiday late this month or early next month. The holiday was earlier cancelled due to the onset of Covid-19. The announcement is expected on Friday as the government is studying a range

  • Families told to register for cash handouts

    The government has called on poor families to apply to commune authorities for evaluation to receive financial support during the Covid-19 crisis. A $300 million budget has been planned for implementation within a year. Ministry of Economy and Finance secretary of state Vongsey Visoth said this

  • Crumbling prices, rent ruffle condo segment

    The prolonged decline in international arrivals to Cambodia intensified by renewed Covid-19 fears has driven down condominium sales prices and rental rates in Phnom Penh, a research report said. CBRE Cambodia, the local affiliate of US commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE Group

  • Over $3M in traffic fines collected in two months

    Traffic police officers collected over $3 million in fines throughout the Kingdom during the past two months when officers strictly enforced the law in accordance with a May sub-decree, officials said. As incentives, law enforcement officers received between 200,000 and two million riel ($50 to $500) each. The figures