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PNG Biomass will construct a central nursery with the capacity to produce over 10 million seedlings per annum. The nursery will be located adjacent to the power plant site.   The nursery will consist of three different micro environments that the plants will progress through during their development:

  • Germination / Rooting Houses – environment controlled green houses for the germination of seed or the rooting of cuttings.
  • Growing On Area – an environment where the seedlings are provided with sufficient water and nutrition to encourage rapid healthy plant development.
  • Hardening Area – the plants are exposed to full sun and watering is reduced to harden plants ready for the planting in the field.
Clonal Nursery in South America

Clonal Nursery in South America

 

PNG Biomass will source between 10 and 20% of their seedling requirements from community owned and managed nurseries. PNG Biomass will assist the communities with the construction of the nurseries as well as providing technical and managerial training and mentoring to community members working in the nurseries.   In May 2015 PNG Biomass had established three community nurseries in the Markham Valley.

Ganef Community Nursery

Ganef Community Nursery

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