JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

​Over 200 pine trees poisoned with herbicide in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 10:55 GMT+7
​Over 200 pine trees poisoned with herbicide in Vietnam’s Central Highlands
An officer points at the part of a pine tree where a hole was drilled to add herbicide. The incident has happened since late June in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Over 200 pine trees in Lam Dong Province, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, have been poisoned with herbicide in the past three months.

The incident has happened since late June in Nam Ban Town, Lam Ha District, Truong Dai, head of the forest protection unit in Nam Ban, confirmed on Saturday.

Some people have been drilling holes in 210 pine trees in the area before pouring weedkiller into them, Dai stated.

About 170 out of 210 affected trees cannot recover, he continued, adding that most of the pine trees were planted before 1988.

“We first spotted some trees with withered leaves. The condition started to spread widely in early July,” the forest protection chief recounted.

An examination then showed that 160 pine trees were drilled and reeked of herbicide, he said. “We tried in vain to detoxify the plants.”

A hole is drilled on the trunk of a pine tree. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A hole is drilled on the trunk of a pine tree. Photo: Tuoi Tre

On September 7, competent agencies discovered another 50 pine trees in the locality being poisoned in the same way.

Thanks to early detection, 40 of them were given prompt treatment and had recovered since.

It is quite common for pine trees in Lam Dong Province to be poisoned with weedkiller.

Such acts will kill a tree within three weeks.

It is crucial to detoxify the plants in the first week; however, poisoned trees do not often show any abnormal signs during this phase.

Once their leaves start to change color, it is too late to save them.

According to authorities in Nam Ban Town, the 210 poinsoned pine trees are located near local roads and residential areas.

The poisoning may be part of the encroachment on forest land, they said.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Tuoi Tre News

More

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Vietnamese-made app allows people to grow real veggies via smartphone

Nguyen Thi Duyen, a young engineer in Hanoi, developed the app and its related services to help busy people create their own veggie gardens.

Chinese tourists hit by Vietnamese over dine and dash

Four Chinese were reportedly injured, with one having a broken arm.

Latest news