Resin Tapping; Optimizing Pine Plantations

BFC in agreement with Chinese Forestry International Development (CFID) are engaged in exploring pine trees' non-wood potential; resin. In the 2nd half of 2018, CFID started tapping resin from BFC’s pine plantations in Bulakeba and Kachung.  This venture will provide intermediate returns from BFC’s plantations, in addition to billets, firewood and peeler logs.

Resin is an organic substance, insoluble in water, exuded by some trees and other plants (notably fir and pine). The Resin is collected by causing minor damage to the tree by making a hole far enough into the trunk to puncture the vacuoles, to let sap exit the tree, and then letting the tree repair its damage by filling the wound with resin. This usually takes a few days. Thereafter, excess resin is collected.

Other than providing additional revenue for the company, resin tapping has created additional employment opportunities for the local communities neighboring the two plantations given the high rate of unemployment in Uganda.

Chinese Forestry International Development (CFID) started its resin tapping project in Uganda in September 2017. Resin is being tapped from 314ha and 886ha in Bukaleba and Kachung respectively. Pine resin is used in the manufacture of varnishes, food glazing agents and also incense and perfumes (pine scented products) among others.

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