Common name Pine
Scientific name Pinus
Family name Pinaceae
Commonly known as the pine tree in Zimbabwe, there are many species of grown for various advantages. These trees are exotic to this country but many have been bred to adhere to our local conditions of climate (MAR-mean annual rainfall), soil conditions (ERD-effective rooting depth) and temperature (MAT-mean annual temperature) in many ways.
The pine is an evergreen conifer and a number of species are grown in Zimbabwe in accordance with their site requirements and the most common ones are P. patula, P. elliottii, P. taeda, P. kesiya, P. oocarpa, P. tecunumanii, and P. maximinoii. They are fast-growing softwoods.
The pine tree has many uses which make it a commercially viable enterprise-some of these are:
Pine bark as a growth medium in horticulture, timber and wood pulp, ornamental purposes, high-value furniture, source of turpentine, Christmas trees, pine nuts which are used for cooking and baking, and green pine needle tea, which is a good source of vitamins A and C.
In some countries, the acidic decomposing pine needles form a good growth medium for shiitake mushrooms.
The iQFarmer Pine Manual will introduce you to simplified practical and profitable eucalyptus farming, covering:
- Planting Materials
- Field Selection and Preparation
- Soil Fertility Management:
- Cultural Practices
- Handling and Controlling Growth
- Disease and Pest Management
- Harvesting and Handling
- Value Addition
- Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
- Pine Economics and Entrepreneurship
Pine plantations are mostly located in the Eastern Highlands where the weather is favourable and there is plenty of rainfall. One must take into consideration (when planning an agro-forestry project) project objectives, available resources, climate, soil conditions, physical features, available land and market conditions for potential products.
You will also find a program on pine apple production which we hope will help you to select the most cost-effective solutions and profitable combinations in setting up a profitable agricultural enterprise.
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