The Đồng Tháp province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is afforesting 155 ha under a province plan to grow forests through 2020. It is also planting another three million trees around the Province. Most of the trees being planted are local or Australian cajuput.
Deputy Director of the Department Hồ Anh Dũng said the two species are suitable for growing in low-lying, flood-prone areas and alum affected soil. Every year during the flood season, cajuput trees live in inundated areas for three to five months.
Cajuput trees dominate the vegetation at the Tràm Chim National Park
in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Đồng Tháp
Đồng Tháp is one of the most flooded provinces in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta when the Mekong river and its tributaries rise between August and November. In the past cajuput trees were planted on flat lands which caused them to grow slowly - taking 10-12 years for harvest - and yield less timber. But now they are grown on ridges, which helps rid the soil of alum, increases yield and reduces harvest period to six to nine years.
Đồng Tháp is buying cajuput seedlings from Long An and Đồng Nai provinces since its own output is not enough.
Phạm Văn Ngọc (VNS)