Paulownia Seminar – Pahang Forestry to Incorporate New Potentials that Could Boost the Forestry Sector in the State

A seminar on Paulownia Plantation was organized by Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Pahang on 20 February 2020 at Hotel Zenith, Kuantan. This seminar was aimed to create a platform to share, exchange information and research to identify the potential and capabilities of the Paulownia species. It is hoped that the Paulownia species would be a new plantation source to help generate the socio-economic status in Pahang state.

Green Afforestation International Network Sdn Bhd (Gain-Green) was invited to attend as an Event Speaker of this seminar to share the past experience of planting Revotropix Paulownia trees. Mr. Law Eng Lim, CEO of Gain Green, presented the topic entitled “Introduction of Revotropix Paulownia and Suitability of Forest Plantation Species”. He introduced the unique clone of Paulownia, the Revotropix Paulownia, which was developed by Gain Green. Revotropix Paulownia was engineered and optimised to grow well in the tropical climate, thus able to grow magnificently in Malaysia. He highlighted that Revotropix Paulownia was grown under tissue culture, thus ensuring the production of disease-free plantlets, superior quality, consistent growth and size of plants. The Revotropix Paulownia also had high environmental and commercial value as it is a fast-growing species. It is perfect for both reforestation and afforestation.

The event was officiated by YB. Dato’ Sri Ir. Haji Mohd. Soffi Bin Tan Sri Abd. Razak, Chairman of the Pahang State Exco for Agriculture, Agro-based Industry, Plantations and Biotechnology.

More than 225 participants attended the seminar, representing agencies and departments from Pahang as well as Federal officials, the State Forestry Department, plantations and manufacturing businesses as well as representatives from the Pahang Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Kemakmuran Kampung (JKKK) or Village Development and Prosperity Committees.

“Pahang State Forestry Department always strives to incorporate new potentials that could boost the forestry sector in Pahang”, said Datuk Dr Mohd Hizamri, the Director of Pahang State Forestry.

Besides from Gain Green, several papers covering all aspects of the Paulownia tree and plantations were presented by panellists from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM).

The Pahang state government hopes that the seminar will assist in crafting policies on the prospects of Paulownia plantation in the State.

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