The Environment Authority (EA), in cooperation with volunteer teams, has carried out a campaign to protect the rare giant baobab trees of Dhofar governorate.
According to Dr Ahmed bin Abdullah al Saiari, director in Directorate General of Environment in Dhofar, EA did an inspection over three months in association with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources and volunteers. During the inspection, wood-boring insects were found to infest some giant baobab trees in Wadi Henna in the wilayat of Mirbat.
Ali bin Salim Akaak, head of EA’s Pest Control Team in Dhofar, said, “The joint team found the trunk of one of the baobab trees infested with wood-boring insects. Using a scientific and sustainable method, the trunk was cleaned and rid of the pests to save the tree. The 300-year-old tree was also sprayed with pesticide and coated with red clay.”
The governorate boasts of over 200 baobab trees. This species of tree grows to heights of up to 30m and the trunk diameter of full-grown specimen can be more than 2m.
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