How to Apply for Support
SUPPORT TO TREE GROWING INCENTIVE SCHEMES (TGIS)
The overall objective of the Programme is to increase rural income through intensified private plantation forestry, based on sustainable land use practices, and to support the related value chain, from seed to market. PFP encourages farmers to use high-quality seeds, adhere to proper forest management skills and wait for trees to reach maturity.
Criteria for Plantation Establishment
One major task of PFP is to encourage the establishment of commercial private forest plantations, and therefore the Programme supports tree growers in starting their own tree plots. Support is given to those tree growers who have organized themselves as a Tree Growers’ Association (TGA), and to groups and institutions. In addition there is criteria for the land that is to be used for tree plantation, as well as criteria for plantation establishment:
i. When selecting the site, easy access for future harvesting activities needs to be taken into account;
ii. The plots have to be located minimum 60 metres from river banks and all other environmental regulations and laws need to be obeyed;
iii. The area planned for plantation establishment should not require conversion;
iv. The beneficiary has to be the legal owner of the land, and there can be no disputes over land ownership; and
v. The plantation establishment needs to be done according to PFP guidelines, manuals and instructions.
Criteria for Plantation Management
The Private Forestry Programme provides extension services to the members of the Tree Growers’ Associations to guide them in establishment and management of commercial forest plantations. The following criteria in plantation management will be applied:
i. The beneficiary needs to cooperate with PFP technical staff in land survey activities. The tree grower will be solely responsible for other operations such as pitting;
ii. The plot establishment and management needs to be done according to PFP instructions and guidelines; such as
a. planting all received seedlings according to specified guidelines given by PFP,
b. applying fertilizer when planting Eucalyptus species;
c. being prepared to protect the plantation e.g. against forest fires, diseases and pest and be prepared to help in protection of other plantations as well (for example when making fire lines), and
d. weeding the plantation whenever necessary. The PFP extension officer will provide guidance on different suitable types of weeding, e.g. spot weeding or clear weeding.
Extension workers will provide training in all necessary forest work, including pruning and thinning.
The beneficiaries will not be provided with cash money, instead the Programme will give in-kind support that covers the cost of equipment, seedlings and fertilizers. The beneficiary needs to cover 60% of the calculative costs of plantation establishment and management (for example by covering the establishment and management labour costs).
Who is Eligible?
The Private Forestry Programme will provide support to individuals and organizations who are committed to commercial tree growing. The applicant needs to be a resident (in the case of individuals) or operating (in the case of organizations) in the village where the Programme activities are being implemented during the ongoing season.
Support is provided to individuals and families; micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs); Public institutions; Research organisations; Educational institutions; Charitable organisations; Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs); Community Based Organisations (CBOs); Non-commercial Organisations and Cooperatives.
An application form needs to be filled in before participation in the Programme activities is possible. Support in filling in the application is given by the PFP Extension Officers.