Permatil urges to avoid planting teak tree by absorbing water and soil fertility

Permatil urges to avoid planting teak tree by absorbing water and soil fertility

PERMATIL Director, Eugenio Lemos

DILI, 06 march 2022 (TATOLI) – Non-Governmental Organization (Permatil) is urged to avoid farming teak woods. It is caused by absorbing spring water and contributes to soil fertility.

The Director of the Permatil Non-Governmental Organization, Ego Lemos, appealed to the community to avoid planting teak, as it absorbs spring water and contributes to soil infertility.

“We have spring restoration and environmental rehabilitation activities. Therefore, people should avoid planting teak, because it absorbs water and contributes to soil infertility,” said Ego Lemos to Tatoli, in Farol.

The official suggested that the Government and the community take mitigation measures, planting Figueira-Benjamim and Casuarinas trees for water conservation and soil fertility.

According to Ego Lemos, it is not only land burning and tree cutting that contribute to soil infertility. The director also explained that teak trees only have one function, namely to produce wood for carpentry, so they have to reduce planting.

According to the official, there are many teak trees in the municipalities of Baucau, Covalima, Lautém, Oé-cusse and Viqueque.

This organization has activities in collaboration with residents to excavate the soil, thereby contributing to the preservation of rainwater.

Permatil has prepared a guide for spring and environmental restoration activities, which is available online at https://permatilglobal.org/matadalan-kompletu in order to support residents in natural resource management.

The organization undertook, between 2008 and 2021, conservation activities of 300 springs in 200 villages in 12 municipalities and Territories.

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Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Rafy Belo


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