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Miyawaki Forest System: Is It Truly Revolutionary For India?

Commenced by Akira Miyawaki — a Japanese botanist, Miyawaki is a plantation technique used to cultivate dense, multilayered forest. Explicitly, it is presumed as a method to stimulate plant growth by 10 times, resulting in a 30 times thicker green cover. Alongside, it also emerged as a methodology to replenish the degraded land to favor natural vegetation.
Here we discuss on Miyawaki forest system.

Under the Miyawaki Forest System, about 100 native plant species from the main planting categories, i.e., herbs, shrubs, main trees, and their subspecies, are selected. Randomly mixed, these are then planted densely without following any definite pattern. The area is regulated and nurtured for a maximum of three years, allowing it to stabilize suitably. 

Compactly packed, the seedlings strive for sufficient light and space for their development. This struggle, in turn, tends to facilitate rapid growth. Using Miyawaki, thirty thousand plants were significantly grown per hectare, opposing to 1,000 seedlings per hectare in conventional forestry. 

How to create your own Miyawaki Forest?

As it doesn’t require much of the space, you can use the Miyawaki technique to create forestry, even at the backyard of your house or any open area. 

Here’s a brief guide for building lush green foliage without much assistance.

  1. Check for the soil quality

The land inevitably determines the growth and development of your plants. Hence, the foremost thing is to examine the type and texture of the soil in your area. More so, you can enhance the quality of the ground by adding suitable add-ons, including—

  • Perforator materials: Wheat, rice or corn husk
  • Manure and fertilizers: Compost and animal excreta such as cow dung
  • Water retainers: Coir pith or coco-peat
  1. Choose the plant species

Considering the availability, height, type, and advantage, select the native species of your region. Include a maximum of 40 to 50 percent of the plant species that you typically find in your area. Another common, along with some secondary species, could cover the rest of the ratio. Also, try to constitute as many different species as possible, evaluating all the crucial aspects.

  1. Prepare the land and plant the saplings 
  • Before heading with the plantation, inspect your field to determine whether it supports all the favorable conditions for the development of your forest.
  • Alongside, check out for any remnants and weeds that tend to take up most of the space plus nutrition of the soil.
  • Set up a water facility system with the water outlets using hose pipes, reaching out to the entire field.
  • For the plantation, mix all the ingredients (perforator, organic fertilizers, and water retainer) with the soil, making it lose yet aerated. Plant the seedlings, digging small pits on a mound.
  1. Maintenance and care

The forest should be regulated in its initial month, keeping a check on the targeted outcomes. It will give you a notion of the plant’s upkeep or any improvements that are to be made. The plant site only requires proper maintenance for 2 to 3 years. Once the forest is well-stabilized, it excels at flourishing.

Introduction of Miyawaki methodology to India

To support the nation in establishing a green cover, Shubhendu Sharma, an industrial engineer, introduced the Miyawaki technique in India in 2011. He first observed this technique while assisting botanist, Akira Miyawaki during the cultivation of a forest at the Toyota plant where he worked.

Later on, he made his first attempt with this method in his backyard. Thereon obtaining positive results, i.e., a dense natural verdure, Shubhendu decided to take this venture further. After much planning and analysis of the entire methodology, he finally took the initiative with Afforestt to render services in building thick, native forests. His main aim was not just to make a profit out of this business, but to focus on the idea of restoring the self-sustainable, native forests.

Role of Miyawaki Forest System in India 

According to a study of World Resource Institute, in India, nearly 1.6 million hectare forest area was wiped out between 2001- 2018. This significantly contributed to the immediate shifts in the global climatic conditions, mainly led by global warming.

Concerning this aftermath, the Indian Government professed to turn 33% of its geographical area into green forest cover by 2022. Hence, the Miyawaki Forest Method in India facilitated the process of establishing the tree cover to help reach this objective, which currently stands, covering 24% of the forest area.

Takeaway

With the Miyawaki Forest System, not only the green cover is restored, but through this, even the barren lands are being renovated for cultivation. Moreover, no doubt, it has come up as a primary technique to deal with the consequences of the prolonged shifts in climatic patterns.

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Subhankar Bhattacharjee

Subhankar is an author, climate activist, essayist, freelance writer. His writings on the environment for the popular press have covered topical issues ranging from pollution and climate change. Subhankar has a graduate in arts from the University of Burdwan.

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