Watering and mulching technique for our commuties bordering Kahuzi Biega National Parc; a way of avoiding effects of dryness on planted ape trees
04 Aug 2021
The dry season does not prevent us from producing Apes Trees in our different nurseries at Lwiro, Tsivanga, Kashanja to restore degraded plots in KBNP and to plant in community fields around the park in the hope of significantly reducing pressure on the park’s plant resources. During this dry season, PEx uses a watering-bailing technique, a simple and inexpensive practice done with plastic bottles to ensure the survival of seedlings planted from June to August dryness that occurs in the area of the activity implementation . This technique is also used for all other crops. We suggest you to follow how it works.
However, to cope with the adverse effects of the dry season on the great ape seedlings planted by the communities, Primate Expertise teaches beneficiaries the watering-bailing method to keep moisture around the growing plant.
Watering and mulching in few steps for avoiding effects of dryness
This method consists of taking an empty plastic bottle of about 1 or 2 liters with a cap, which is perforated so that the entrance is large and the exit much smaller so that it allows the water to pass through the drop.
Here, it is enough to first slightly pierce the cap in 2 places with a needle. Then fix this bottle with holes on a stake so that water from it falls at the foot of the plant through the holes created in the cap. The plant is watered before covering it with a thick layer of straw. Water from the bottle is then poured into the plant, thus moistening the soil around the plant. Water in the bottle is renewed each time it is emptied and this for days afterwards.
We need you to join us in fighting against deforestation through Ape tress
Primate Expertise does not fail to reforest with Ape trees the fields of communities around the PNKB as well as to produce Ape trees for planting in the park and the community or individual fields. This technique that we have explained to you consists of moistening the soil around the plants and allowing them to assimilate the nutrients during the dryness. We send a vibrant reminder to all those who would need to contribute to our fight against deforestation to join us by planting a tree produced from the seeds collected in the droppings of great apes.