Call for applications for Fuelwood Production Grant Support
The Sawlog Production Grant Scheme (SPGS) has received funding from European Union (EU) through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to establish bio-energy plantations in the 6 cattle corridor districts of Nakaseke, Luwero, Nakasongola, Kiboga, Mubende and Ssembabule under the “Global Climate Change Alliance’’– GCCA-Uganda Agriculture Climate change Adaptation proprograme. The project aims to pilot fast growing commercial bioenergy plantations dedicated to fuelwood and charcoal production, utilizing positive experiences of the SPGS model of supporting the establishment of commercial timber plantations in Uganda by the private sector.
The purpose of the project is to strengthen the resilience of farming families in the cattle corridor to cope with impacts of climate change through promoting bio-energy plantations and improved charcoal production technologies. Interventions under the bio-energy project will further contribute to objectives 2 and 5 of FAO: a) Increase and improve provision of goods and services from agriculture, forestry and fisheries in a sustainable manner; and b) Increase the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crisis.
Since 1971 the world forests day is commemorated every year on the 21st of March. This year, the day was celebrated under the theme; FORESTS IN THE ERA OF CLIMATE CHANGE, FOOD SECURITY AND SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS. The national celebrations took place in Mpigi district, one of the districts with the highest rates of deforestation. It was a wakeup call to remind the communities, politicians and other opinion leaders in the district of the importance of forests and the need to re-plant the depleted areas once again.
The event was attended by many local leaders such as the RDCs, LC5 chairpersons, DFOs, officials from the Ministry of water and environment, NFA, SPGS, NGOs, students, and civil society organizations. SPGS was represented, and offered some copies of the tree planting guideline for Uganda, to some guests. NFA offered seedlings to re-plant 5ha of the most encroached forest reserve in Mpigi, (Namuvuma CFR). Tree talk donated of seedlings to all that attended the celebrations, to take home and plant.
The celebrations were crowned by the RDC of Mpigi planting a tree to mark the event.
Tectona grandis (commonly known as Teak) is a high value timber species and it yields one of the world’s most valuable plantation timbers. SPGS hopes to promote this species more in the Northern and Eastern parts of the country, where there seems to be some evidence that this species could grow well.
Although it has not been planted widely in Uganda, quiet a significant area of plantations has been established in South Sudan, Tanzania and in many other tropical West African countries. In order to determine the suitability of teak to the various areas of Uganda, SPGS is planning a series of site/species trials across the country. Teak is included in this exercise and will give us a valuable indication of suitable areas. These trials will, however, take some time.Read more...