Zero-Burning Replanting Technique

At Sime Darby Plantation, we adopt the Zero-Burning replanting technique, first introduced commercially by our company in 1985. Proven to be the most environment-friendly replanting technique, it was subsequently adopted as the industry standard in palm oil replanting.

Zero-Burning Replanting offers both environmental and operational benefits:
  • It allows complete return of organic matter to the soil. This helps to preserve, restore and improve soil chemical and fertility as well as physical properties of the soil.
  • It allows immediate replanting of trees as the new stands can be planted simultaneously while felling and shredding are being done. With slash and burn technique, replanting can only be done after burning process is completely over.
  • The process is not dependent on weather condition unlike previously where the process of felling and burning of the trees would be affected by wet weather resulting in delays in replanting.
  • This technique recycles 90-100 tonnes of organic matter per hectare.
In 1992, Sime Darby Plantation was admitted into the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Global 500 Roll of Honour for Environmental Achievement during Rio Earth Summit for the development and commercialisation of this technique.
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