Harvesting Technologies for encroacher bush species

Harvesting Technologies for encroacher bush species

Encroacher bush species threatens Namibia’s rangeland, resulting in the removal of encroacher bush from Namibian rangeland is to restore the savannah, biodiversity and water resources affected in areas heavily encroached.

The WML Consulting Engineers through the GIZ Support to De-bushing Project compiled a summary of five best harvesting technologies for encroacher bush in Namibia with emphasis on environmental considerations. The various methods for bush clearing and thinning include manual to semi mechanised, biological, medium to large scale mechanised operations, highly merchanised and chemical application. Manual to semi merchandised is suitable for small operations using small hand held or power operated tools, to fell and chop down bushes and trees. Biological control is natural means of bush control through fungal related die backs and a combination of natural fires and browsers.

Mechanised methods consist of medium to large scale mechanised operations and highly merchanised equipment (e.g. bull dozers, excavators) for bush clearing. Bush harvesting operations requires constant aftercare to prevent regrowth.

Read more in our harvesting brochure

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