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22 Jun

Teak tree farming lucrative, but one should be patient.

Thousands of farmers in Kilombero, Ulanga and Malinyi districts in Morogoro Region earn their living growing trees, the business that has also attracted foreign investors who work close with farmers in fulfilling the demands of the timber industry.

In this interview The Citizen Correspondent Patrick Kisembo speaks with one of the investors, Hans Lemm, the general manager of Kilombero Valley Teak Company, or KVTC in short,on challenges and opportunities of tree farming.

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12 Jun

2017 DANA Africa Forest Industry Investment Conference and Field Trip

DANA (NZ) Ltd is delighted to confirm that it will host a second Africa Forest Industry Investment Conference and Field Trip.

The conference will be held at Skukuza Conference Centre which is inside Kruger National Park on 12 and 13 September 2017, and will be followed by a two day Field Trip with Forest & Wood Processing site visits on 14 and 15 September 2017.

KVTC will be participating and presenting at this event.
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23 Mar

Finland Moves To Support Private Grown Forests & Plantations

Speaking at the signing ceremony of the Outgrow Supporting Project (OSP) held in Dar es Salaam, the Finland Ambassador to Tanzania Pekka Hukka said the beneficiaries are small holder tree growers and village cooperative outgrowing.

Ambassador Hukka said small and medium enterprises will also benefit, while the government stands to benefit in collecting tax revenues from the plantation business.

He said in 2014 the Tanzania government initiated the Private Forest Program (PFP) in the Southern Highlands area, therefore the Finland government is supporting the programme by helping small scale farmers get on with plantations.

“We work to improve an enabling environment for forest plantation investment and improving the forest value chain with small and medium enterprises in the sawmilling industry,” he explained.

Since 2015, two companies participating in the private forest programme, KVTC and NFC based in Kilolo and Kilombero districts respectively have helped to plant 606 hectares of outgrower plantations owned by 371 small scale farmers.

With such encouraging results, during the last two years the two governments decided to enhance support to small holder tree growers, he said, noting that support to famers totals 1,660,000 EUR with the two governments covering 50 per cent and the two local firms 50 per cent.

He said that the fund will enable the establishment of 2000 hectares of plantation owned by the farmers and entrepreneurs.

Finnish government support to Tanzania in the forest sector stands at euro 30milion and has during the last few years shifted strongly to promote private sector actors in plantation forestry and natural forest management, he elaborated.

Finland was seeking to boost economic growth through the forest sector, which all started with investment from abroad which first sawmilling and then slowly towards products with more added value. “Many of our current large industries including Nokia are a heritage of a strong forest sector,” the envoy added in a statement.

170316 – Mwananchi – OSP Signing Ceremony
170320 – Guardian – OSP Signing Ceremony

23 Mar

Finnish embassy, timber firms to support smallholder growers

Under the €1.6 million agreement, growers will be provided with improved seedlings, technical advice, fertiliser and extension services.

The Finnish embassy in Tanzania has signed a three-year contract with two local forestry companies to support smallholder tree growers in areas where the firms operate.
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25 Oct

Regional Forestry Conference in Tanzania

Mr Hans Lemm of KVTC will be presenting at the Regional Conference on Promoting Investment in Plantation Forestry in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 15th and 16th of October 2016

The Tanzanian plantation forestry conference aims at promoting enabling environment and increasing investments for plantation forestry. The conference will introduce development of the plantation forestry sector, its potential and multi-stakeholder approaches in the countries. The four themes of the forestry conference will be:

  1. Unlocking the potential of sustainable plantation forestry;
  2. Understanding plantation forestry value chains;
  3. Overview of East African Forestry;
  4. Partnerships for successful investment; and
  5. The realities of plantation forestry investment in East Africa.

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01 Feb

New Forest for Africa Conference in Accra, Ghana, 16th and 17th of March

Mr Hans Lemm of KVTC will be presenting at the New Forest for Africa Conference in Accra, Ghana on 16th and 17th of March.

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Investors to play larger role in reforestation of Africa
Kofi Annan adds his support to reforestation and social impact initiative.

The replanting of forests can play a major role in achieving the climate objectives that were agreed in Paris. It is now time for investors to make a move and the ‘Forests for the Future, New Forests for Africa’ initiative has received the support of H.E. Mr. Kofi Annan. Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997-2006, Mr. Annan will be the principal guest at the official launch of the Initiative on 16 and 17 March in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

“While the priority must remain on preserving our natural forests, the revival of denuded areas through reforestation helps not only Ghana but also the global fight against climate change,” said Kofi Annan, who works through the Kofi Annan Foundation to achieve a fairer, more peaceful world.

Paul Hol, Director of the forestry company Form International added: “Each year, the Southern Hemisphere loses 15 million hectares of forest. Replanting is of vital importance. That must be done in a sustainable manner. And if you want to get support for it, it must also be economically attractive, for example by the sale of timber. In Ghana, we manage an area of 20,000 hectares with a solid return on investment. A good business model is crucial in order to be truly successful.”

From promise to action
In Paris, 10 African countries agreed to plant at least 100 million hectares of new forests, under the AFR100-plan. “But these agreements were not very binding,” according to Hol. “We want to take the next step and that is why we are bringing the 10 largest foresters of Africa, government officials and international investors together in Accra. The companies have the knowledge, the government can designate an area and the investors are required to cover the start-up costs,” says Hol. In this company, over the past ten years, more than 30 million dollars have been spent by experienced international investors, and in order to expand the number of replanted hectares even further, there is a commitment to have a total of 150 million invested by 2030. “Reforestation is much more than just planting new trees,” says Hol. “Especially the impact on the ecosystem is very important, such as improvement of the soil, micro climate, biodiversity and water management. In addition, employment is a very important aspect of this long-term investment.”

Importance of reforestation
Prof. dr. Tineke Lambooy LL.M. (Professor Corporate Law and Corporate Social Responsibility at Nyenrode Business University) supports, from Nyenrode university, the initiative by conducting research and by taking part in the organisation of the conference in Accra. She explains: “With a view to preserving biodiversity in Africa, increasing the area of forest plantations is of great importance, since this creates corridors for wild life. In addition, planting forests is of crucial importance to fight erosion, desertification and climate change.” That the importance of the reforestation goes far beyond planting trees, is also endorsed by Hendry Djombo, Minister of Economic Affairs in Congo: “If the Congo Basin is not well managed, the land will become degraded and turn into grassland, and then the desert will take over the whole of Africa,” he said in Paris.

Senior Investment Officer Gerhard Engel (Entrepreneurial Development Bank) says the following about investing in reforestation: “Investing in reforestation is a long-term matter. If we want to reforest and finance in a sustainable manner, we must start the work with passion and commitment. The impact of forestry is huge for the reduction of CO2-emissions and for realising local, especially rural, employment. Forestry will thus give people a future and more opportunities to plan and act.” Hol: “After 20 years of growth, part of the trees, the part with the largest value, is ready for felling. The freed space is replanted again immediately. The timber is brought into the market. The return on investment of approx. 10-15% a year will only then be released. We are, therefore, looking for long-term investors. The presence of the Dutch FMO and its Finnish counterpart FinnFund on 16 and 17 March in Accra is, therefore, encouraging.”

11 Feb

2013 Delhi Wood show a success.

KVTC would like to thank APP Timber and its customers for making the 2013 Delhi Wood show a success.

A number of orders from both new as existing customers were confirmed and KVTC is looking forward for a successful trading year 2013.

We hope to see many of our buyers and industry contacts again next year at India Wood from the 21st to 25th of February 2014 in Bangalore, India.
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03 Mar

Successful Trade Show for KVTC and its partner APP Timber

KVTC in collaboration with its partner APP Timber from Malaysia exhibited its products at the recent India Wood trade show in Bangalore from 10th to 14th of February 2012. KVTC closed several contracts with both existing as new customers and is looking forward for a successful and strong year of trade in India and Asia.

India Wood was first held in 1999 and has offered a platform to producers and buyers in the wood industry to market their products. India Wood 2012 was held in Bangalore. India Wood 2013 is scheduled to be held in New Delhi from the 23rd to 26th of February 2013 and like in previous years KVTC intends to participate.

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13 Sep

Darwin Initiative Newsletter July 2011

Birdlife International and Bird Conservation Nepal, with support from other institutions including the Cambridge Concervation Initative and Kings College London, are implementing a project to develop a rapid approach to measuring ecosystem service at the site-scale. Using simple, yes robust protocols and methods, this project will build capacity nationally to assess and value ecosystem services.


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