Languages: English, Swahili, Luganda
President: Yoweri Museveni
Area: 236,040 km2
Population in 2007: 28,816,000
Currency: Ugandan Shilling (UGX)
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The New Forests Company has rapidly established itself as Uganda’s biggest tree planter with more than 20,000 hectares of forestry land and is emerging as the country’s pre-eminent sustainable forestry company. The company is now operational on three plantations across the country in Mubende, Kiboga and the Bugiri districts and has, by the mid of 2011, planted more than 10’400 hectares of pine and eucalyptus. The company is currently exploring new ways to generate early revenues and has completed the construction of a pole treatment plant close to Mityana, known as the East Africa Pole Company.
Conceived in 2004, and operational from 2005 in Uganda, The New Forests Company is:
- Establishing commercial and profitable timber plantations of fast growing tree species, indigenous and exotic, which have adapted well to Uganda’s environment.
- Protecting the remaining natural forests that occur along streams and restoring and regnerating those forests that have been destroyed by encroachers.
- Providing employment and development to rural communities where unemployment levels are very high.
- Meeting Uganda’s national development priorities for investment in agro-industry, poverty allieviation and rural development.
In the current year, 2011, the company will plant almost 2.8 million trees, bringing our total tree stock by year end to approximately 14 million (or 11,300 hectares). The trees, pine and eucalyptus, will supply sawn timber and building and transmission poles. The company is not only planting commercial species on suitable soils, but will also regenerate badly destroyed natural forests with indigenous trees species like Albizia spp, Melicia excelsior and Markhamia spp as part of the bio-diversity conservation goals. This will also help to rehabilitate the heavily damaged water catchment areas.
Sustainable commercial forestry and the protection and promotion of bio-diversity is combined with a carefully designed programme of community participation and benefit which aims to create jobs, boost rural incomes, help lower levels of poverty, improve health and develop a thriving local private sector. The workforce on all three plantations is well over 1,400.