Who is going to plant all Jonesy’s trees?

Looks like there is a problem with the billion tree scam of Shane Jones: Quote:

A shortage of labour and land could result in growing pains for the Government’s ambitious 1 billion trees programme.

Shortly after the Government was formed last year, it set itself the lofty goal of planting 1 billion trees by 2027 as a way to grow the regions, create jobs, offset carbon emissions, enhance biodiversity and reinvigorate New Zealand’s forestry industry.

Forestry is the country’s fourth biggest earner behind tourism, contributing $5 billion annually to the economy and employing about 20,000 people.

It currently covers about 1.7 million hectares of land, and the Ministry for Primary Industries estimates up to 1 million hectares would be required to plant a billion trees, assuming they were all commercial radiata pine.

But about 13 per cent of trees planted would be natives, which are planted at a much denser rate.

Radiata pine is the dominant exotic species in New Zealand, making up about 90 per cent of planted production forest.

Since the 1 billion trees programme was announced, nearly 7 million trees have been planted and more than 67 million seedlings have been sold for planting in 2018.

Of these seedlings, 6.5 million were government-funded.

The recent Budget allocated $258 million to the programme, and Forestry Minister Shane Jones said planting rates would increase from 55 million trees a year to 70 million in 2020, and 90 million in 2021.

“From there we will be aiming for 110 million a year over the next seven years of the programme,” Jones said.

However, finding people to plant trees let alone maintain and harvest them could prove difficult, he said.

​”We’ve got a challenge – we can’t find enough workers as it is.

Hundreds of workers were needed to ramp up planting, he said.

“We need to do more preparing our young people to take on these roles and develop a career. The industry on a regular basis get on our case about this issue.”

Prison inmates preparing to transition back into society and into work could be a vital source of labour for the industry, Jones said.

Nurseries were already being set up in prisons to introduce inmates to horticultural skills, he said.

The forestry industry would needed to improve its safety track record and increase wages in order to get young people “off the couch”. End quote.

I guess they will have to bring in immigrant labour to do that which the bludgers classes can’t be bothered doing. That will put further pressure on the forgotten immigration pledges of NZ First and Labour.


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