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Suzano-Unit Starts China Trials to Reclaim Desert for Farmers
By Louise Downing
FuturaGene Plc, held by Suzano Papel e Celulose SA (SUZB5), began trials in northwest China to test the potential of woody crops and shrubs that reclaim desert to help boost the economy for local farmers.
The company is working on four field trials in Gansu province to study whether the plants can fight desertification, enable soil regeneration and be used as biomass and in biofuel, Sao Paulo-based FuturaGene said today in an e-mailed statement. The trials will run for four years.
“We’re dealing with very poor communities with very degraded agricultural land,” Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hirsch said in an interview in London. “Farming practice in these places is very simple and it’s very difficult for these communities to actually derive a livelihood from agricultural land.”