Farmer Van Ban grows bodhi trees for plastic

For a long time, forestry has become the main occupation, bringing stable income for the people of Nam Tha commune. Besides trees such as cinnamon, oval, and fat, the linden tree is also planted for timber. Previously, when the Bodhi tree came to harvest, Nam Tha people mainly harvested timber and sold them to forest product processing establishments in the commune and district. In recent years, thanks to the guidance and training, the people of Nam Tha know how to exploit resin from the linden tree to produce white ant wings.

Farmers of Van Ban are given technical instructions on improving and exploiting Bodhi resin.

Mr. Trieu Tai Lam's family (Khe Coc village, Nam Tha commune) has been associated with the forest profession for more than ten years. 3 years ago, he learned that linden tree can also be used for logging in addition to logging. However, due to lack of exploitation techniques, with 2 ha of linden, he only harvested about 70 kg of resin.

Mr. Trieu Tai Lam said: Previously did not know how to exploit, exploit in the wrong season, the weather was wet so the output of plastic was very low. In 2019, when the project of producing white ants was put into operation in the district, through training sessions, I could identify the cause and was instructed to harvest according to seasons and correct techniques to achieve high productivity. than.

According to the calculations of the specialized branches, if exploiting the right techniques, 1 ha of linden trees can yield about 300 kg of resin. The linden tree for harvesting resin is 6 years old or older, the planting density must also be not too high (about 1,000 trees / ha). The quality of Bodhi resin in Van Ban is highly appreciated by the purchasing business, the current purchase price is 350,000 VND / kg. Thus, with 1 ha of linden trees, in addition to timber harvesting, each year people can earn an additional 100 million VND from plastic extraction. However, due to lack of planting, tending and exploitation techniques, the efficiency of harvesting resin from Bodhi forest is not high.

Van Ban district currently has nearly 480 hectares of bodhi trees, with 364 households and 4 businesses planting and exploiting. However, in fact, the linden tree is grown as a raw material for paper, peeling boards, chopsticks production ... The goal is to get small and long timber so people grow very thick, about 3,000 - 5,000 trees / ha. On the other hand, people never thought that linden tree sap and bodhi resin could be sold. Therefore, the propaganda for people to thin and plant new trees with a density of 800 - 1,200 trees / ha to produce white ant resin has many difficulties. The area of bodhi trees being harvested for plastic in Van Ban is currently only about 50 hectares.

Facing that reality, the project participating units organized training sessions, built models to improve the capacity of the people. Van Ban district Forest Protection Department has built a model of improving Bodhi plantations from timber to plastic with a scale of 5 ha / 5 households and built a model of planting, tending and protection of linden trees for resin producing white ant wings.
Van Ban district FPD also coordinates with specialized agencies to develop a technical process for planting, improving and exploiting Bodhi for resin and documenting the results of the development of the Bodhi value chain. People engaged in forest work in the district also regularly participate in training and propaganda courses to grasp techniques of planting, tending and improving Bodhi forest to exploit resin.

Mr. Do Ngoc Minh, Head of Forest Protection Department of Van Ban district said: The project of exploiting linden resin has brought a new wind, creating a new profession in local forestry development. The people of Van Ban, especially the direct beneficiaries, are very eager to transform and invest in the planting of bodhi trees for wood to convert to plastic. The exploitation of Bodhi resin brings dual benefits to the forest profession, bringing high economic efficiency. Along with that, people also gradually change their awareness of converting production forms and exploiting forest products in the direction of linking production. The project creates a legal corridor for the development of linden trees, has a mechanism for the development of new industries in the locality, through which businesses, people and government all benefit.