Reforestation Case Study – Jiffy 7C

Jiffy products are used extensively in reforestation projects in numerous countries across Africa. The reforestation challenges faced in many African countries and indeed in other developing countries around the world are as a result of deforestation caused by clearing of land for agricultural purposes, harvesting of wood for use as fuel and other purposes and because of population growth and a number of other causes.

Very often reforestation projects are situated in remote areas, with limited budgets and without the luxury of establishing permanent nurseries and composting facilities to develop good growing mediums. Jiffy 7 and 7C seedling pellets in the bigger sizes (such as 60mmx120mm and 50mmx100mm) are very effective when deployed under these conditions.

The customer

A large multinational organization with a requirement to plant up to 10 million trees per annum in response to decades of deforestation. The project was based in very remote areas with very limited infrastructure and relatively unskilled labour. Rainy seasons were very specific and no existing nurseries were to be used.

Trials conducted and project rollout

A number of forestry pellet sizes were trialled using different planting methods and watering regimes over a planting season to establish the best solution. Eventually the Jiffy 7C 60mmx120mm pellet was selected as it provided sufficient room for root mass development while still being stable enough so as to not require a tray system to support it in the temporary nurseries. The large size of the pellet also allowed for a long growing time from germination to transplant.

The pellets were shipped from Sri Lanka to the port in East Africa in 40 ft containers in palletised cartons. The sea-freight distance is short to the East Coast resulting in a cost-effective transit. Containers were then road-freighted to their final destination. On arrival they are hydrated, placed on plastic sheets or in pre-made crates and planted either with seeds or picked seedlings.

Saplings are then kept in the nursery for up to 5 months and are then packed in boxes and transported to planting sites or supplied to contract farmers for planting.

 

Jiffy 7C pellets arrive in dehydrated and compressed form in boxes, are quickly hydrated and prepared, ready for seeding,

Benefits identified

  • The Jiffy 7C pellets were found to be very easy to deploy in simple but effective seasonal nursery facilities or in more established areas in permanent nurseries. Even the most remote areas could be reached and be operational in a short time;
  • Jiffy pellets are easily transportable in dehydrated and compressed form and expand very rapidly when hydrated for easy use;
  • Easy to use Jiffy 7C pellets are easily utilized by unskilled labour after short training periods. Seeding is easy with premade seeding cavities.
  • The soft and airy nature of the expanded coco peat medium means that picked seedlings are easily planted without j rooting ;
  • Excellent germination rates and fast growth rates outperform other growing media and produce healthy and robust seedlings;
  • Coco peat medium means excellent water retention and therefore less frequent watering;
  • Large root mass development ensures a healthy sapling and a very good survival rate;
  • The 7C pellets with plant are easy to transport from the nursery to reforestation sites;
  • Transplanting is extremely easy as the whole pellet is planted directly into the ground with no cutting of bags and damaging of roots thereby reducing transplant shock;
  • Saplings can be kept in the nursery in Jiffy 7C pellets for extended periods to ensure good root development and until optimal planting conditions are reached;
  • Environmentally friendly seedling pellets with no plastic pollution and made from sustainably grown coco peat;

Jiffy 7C pellets are manufactured in Jiffy factories in Sri Lanka and use ports on the East coast of Africa such as Beira, Dar es Salaam and Mombasa to reach target countries including Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Uganda and Tanzania. The sea freight distance from Sri Lanka and India to the African East Coast is short, ensuring cost effective delivery and the North and West coast of Africa is easily reached from our Canadian factory.

Conclusion

Jiffy 7C and Jiffy 7 pellets are RHP certified and provide consistent quality resulting in reproducible results time after time after time. They are easy to deploy, require minimal training and give world class results without the establishment of infrastructure. As a result, Jiffy pellets are a viable alternative to traditional propagation methods for reforestation in numerous countries in Africa.

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