SO WHAT’S A PONGAMIA TREE?

nickvanheesewijkNews

The Pongamia Pinnata tree is a tree species that is native to India and Australia, grown around villages for the use of lamp oil for thousands of years. More recently, researchers started selecting specific genetics to commercially grow Pongamia as non-edible oil feedstock with a “meal” by-product that can be used as organic fertilizer or protein feed for cattle. In our reforestation activities, we use selected genetics or ‘elite-trees’ that are used commercially across the world; trees are drought-resistant, there are no known diseases, they do not need fertilizing, root fast and laterally (stability) and are high in yield short after planting for many years. Elite trees result from the careful, years-long selection without any genetic modification; researchers just put together the strongest trees with the best skillset, just like nature does.