Saving Trees through the Sun
Because of the severely cold climate and the lack of fuel to heat houses and prepare food, people in rural areas tend to deplete nearby forests.
- 214 different species of trees — primarily pine nut and larch — are grown in the nursery
- Seedlings can be sold to another farm or institution for 4 KPW each and are a very good source of income for the co-operative
On the Mopung co-operative farm, local residents established a tree nursery on 10 hectares of land to replace deforested areas around the farm. In Anbyon county, Kangwon province, there are 214 species cultivated, of which the main ones are pine nut and larch.
Energy to maintain the nursery is generated from the sun. Solar panels provide for two water pumps that, in turn, provide 10 cubic metres of water daily to a storage tank located on a hill. Water for irrigation is distributed, as needed, through gravity, which is spread over seven hectares of land.
According to Mr. Ri Gwang Nam, sub-director of the tree nursery team of the Mopung farm, the solar pumps have increased production from 1.5 million seedlings to 2.5 million. This amount meets the farm’s re-forestation needs and allows them to sell some seedlings within Anbyon county. On average, a single seedling can be sold to another farm or institution for four Korean Won (KPW) and is a good source of income for the farm. Pine nut and larch seedlings are ready to be sold after two to three years, respectively, in the nursery.