TRB is very aware that tobacco curing activities require a lot of curing fuel, and that this curing fuel is predominately sourced from Indigenous forests as the majority of growers cannot afford, or do not have access to coal.
As part of the TRB’s contribution to the national re-afforestation drive, the Board intends to produce at least 17 million Eucalyptus (Gum Trees) for the period 2014 to 2016. These tree seedlings are available to all growers at a nominal cost.
A variety of species such as E. grandis, E. cloeziana, E. camaldulensis and E. tereticornis are available thus giving the grower the option to choose which variety will be best suited to his growing region.
Indigenous species such as the Msasa (Brachystegia speciformis), Natal mahogany (Trichilia emetica) and various species of Accacia will also be available from September 2015.
Advice on the establishment and maintenance of Eucalyptus woodlots is available from TRB staff.