Studying economic development in relation to forest sustainable management, protection and development in Gia Lai Province

  • Representatives of 6 ethnic minority groups have visited livelihood models under the forest canopy in Son Lang Commune, K’Bang District, Gia Lai Province. 

    During 3 days from 30th November to 2nd December 2015, CIRUM, in collaboration with Kontum Union of Scientific and Technological Association (KUSTA), held a field trip for representatives of ethnic minority groups  Ca Doong, Xe Dang, H’Re, Gia Rai, Ba Na and Ro Ngao to visit livelihood models under the forest canopy in Son Lang Commune, K’Bang District, Gia Lai Province. 

    The first stop was the model of planting orange, tangerine and persimmon by Mr. Tran Cong Lam, 53 years old. Mr. Lam introduced 30 participants to the process of developing his model as well as the role of forest in the model’s stability. 

    Mr. Lam enthusiastically guided the participants through the orange garden, and was willing to help if anyone would love to learn more or ask for skill transfer. K’Bang District  considered  Mr. Lam’s model a successful and prominent one of Ha Nung Village, Son Lang Commune. 

    The next stop was the developing model of Amomum longiligulare under the forest canopy of soft bollygum (Litsea glutinosa) by the household of Mr. Dinh Dung, ethnic Ba Na living in Ha Nung Village. This model has high economic value and does not require frequent care. Each hectare can yield the annual profit as high as 40 -50 million VND.

    Mr. Dinh Dung and his wife explained in detail their experiences in planting, caring and harvesting Amomum to the participants. Among 16 types of Amomum in Vietnam, Amomum longiligulare  is the most popular one in the market. 

    Mr. A Chon (Po E Commune, Kon Plong District), Mr. A Duu and Mr. A Diec (Ho Moong Commune, Sa Thay District) collected the seedlings and information about the Amomum longiligulare grown in Mr. Dung’s model. 

    The fruit of Amomum longiligulare . The market price for 1 kg of fresh fruit is around VND 30,000, while the dried fruit’s price can be up to VND300,000/kg. Fruit is consumed mainly by traders coming from Northern Provinces such as Lang Son. 

    Each participant received some Amomum longiligulare seedlings from Mr. Dung as gift for pilot planting. 

    Representative of the Support group from CIRUM, Mr. Phan Dinh Nha briefly shared the field trip’s results to the participants. 

    Mr. Hoang Nghia Tri , Vice Chairman of Dak Ha District People’ Committee, emphasized that the Amomum longiligulare planting model will be applied soon in Ngoc Reo Commune, Dak Ha District, using the budget from the Program 135 of the Government. 

    Mr. A Xuen, ethnic Ro Ngao in Dak Yo Village, Ho De Commune suggested planting samples of Amomum longiligulare  under the soft bollygum canopy. Mr. A Xuen said, “In the past, there were a lot of Amomum longiligulare  in my village, but nobody knew how to keep. Now as the conditions get better, I and the villagers will try to bring them back.”

    Mr. A Bai, the village elder, ethnic Xe Dang in Dak Sao Commune, To Mo Rong District asserted: “Planting Amomum longiligulare can bring double benefit, as it will not only generate stable income for villagers’ livelihood, but also sustain the forest”. 

    Mr. Do Ngoc Tho, Chairman of KUSTA, agreed on the plan for pilot planting of Amomum longiligulare under the planted and natural forest canopy in two locations in 2015: Ka Bay Village, Ho Moong Commune, Sa Thay District and Dak Sao Villahe, Dak Ring Commune, Kon Plong District.

    Participants of the field trip group took picture at Son Lang Commune People’ Committee Office, K’Bang District, Gia Lai Province.