Soil Conservation

Minimizing soil erosion is a standard practice of the Plantation Division in accordance with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and we have had successes using Mucuna bracteata, a shade tolerant legume which also improves soil fertility, organic content and moisture conservation, in the Group’s entire replanting programmes.

The surface soil management is complemented by the use of Guatemala grass (Tripsacum laxum) which is a fibrous grass with a dense root system for terrace construction along high risk erosion areas at stream embankments and near bridges, as well as the oil palm chips in a single layer along planting rows to bind the soil. As a substitute for inorganic fertiliser, bio-compost and mulch from nutrient rich empty fruit bunches, which also help to retain water in the soil. TDM has adopted a zero burning’ policy in our replanting programmes as part of our contribution to fight global warming and create a cleaner, greener environment, which also allows us to enhance soil fertility by replenishing organic matter and improve its physical properties in a sustainable manner.