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 the value chain of cotton farming, and the cropping program will also give you a production cost analysis for decision making:
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