Agarwood trees (Aquilaria crassna) are commonly used as sources for wood chips, incense and essential oils that need further promotion within agroforestry systems in Viet Nam. They are naturally distributed in the central highlands, north central and the southeastern areas and planted in the north central area, particularly from Ha Tinh to Thua Thien Hue provinces.
The article “Promoting Agarwood-based Agroforestry Systems in North Central Provinces of Viet Nam”, co-authored by TBI Viet Nam’s Programme Director, Mr. Tran Huu Nghi, informs the reader about agarwood’s morphology, ecology and distribution, propagation, transplanting techniques and inoculation. To fully harness the potentials of the tree species in a sustainable manner, agarwood trees should be promoted in agroforestry systems. At the same time, oil processing technologies should also be promoted as livelihood programs for farmers and rural communities. The article further emphasises that international certification of incense and perfume market brands is necessary to standardize the classification of essential oils among users and traders.
Read more: http://www.fao.org/docrep/015/am991e/am991e00.pdf