Kerala goes the Japanese way in raising micro-forests
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5th Dec, 2020
- Kerala has propelled the state’s tourism department to raise micro-forests on the Miyawaki model at 22 tourism spots.
What is Miyawaki Model?
- Miyawaki is a technique pioneered by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki.
- It helps to build dense,native forests in a short time.
How the micro-forests are grown?
- Under this model, the incubator-like bed of fertilizers is prepared that will provide the trees with the essential nutrients for the initial three years.
- The species that are indigenous and local to the area are planted closely.
- Within three years, their roots would become strong and go beyond the fertilizer bed.
- All trees are grown at the same level in the same period.
- The Japanese model, promises 30-times better carbon dioxide absorption.
- The native trees of the region are identified and divided into four layers — shrub, sub-tree, tree, and canopy.
- A mound is built with the soil and the seeds are plantedat a very high density — three to five saplings per square meter.
- The ground is covered with a thick layer of mulch.