BEEYO (BOSWELLIA PROJECT)
This is a report about collecting information about gums and resins in Erigavo district by using interviews and meetings with selected persons. This mission was carried out by a group of students and their teacher from Burao University backed or sponsored by SOFRECO. The objective was to get an information about gums and resins generally, and specially propagation and pests management of gums and resins.
•Different kinds of gum production in Sanaag region
•To understand the process of suitable collection of gums and resins.
•Time of collecting gums and resins.
•Different insects that damage the gum plants.
•How the trees are preserved.
•The systems of planting the gum trees.
Outcome of observation
In terms of propagation we found out that one of the two types of frankincense can be planted by cutting but the other one is not easily planted. The other species of the plants produce gums and resins which are named myrrh (dhidin in Somali) can be planted easily.
From the Pest Management prospective, we have learnt that there are some insects which attach themselves to the frankincense trees and enter inside the stem and may cause the death of the plant.
Furthermore, Gums and Resins Trees suffer from other problems which are caused by humans including collectors, owners and traders.
These problems are listed below:
·Over harvesting without resting the trees
·Urbanization that large number of people settled in areas of trees and made many roads that may cause erosion
·Uncontrolled of trees.