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The Vetiver Education & Empowerment Project (VEEP) was created to introduce vetiver grass to Paramin to help solve many major issues such as slope stabilization, erosion, and to help with soil and water conservation in agriculture. Once the project began, it was discovered that vetiver grass actually used to exist in Paramin long ago. But over time, the knowledge got lost and almost all vetiver was killed off using chemical herbicides by those who where unaware of its value. Among those who have memory and knowledge about this unique plant, it is commonly called by its local name... 

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 6, 2017 at 9:18
Fascinated how rough they are with the plants, exposing the roots, just planting without watering in and how close they plant. Thanks for sharing, Dave.
Comment by Dave Riley on December 6, 2017 at 8:32

I've begun the process of initiating a Vetiver project here where I live.

In way of protecting our coastline I think its ideal. A community driven project with a locally run nursery makes it really cheap to proceed.

Most of the beachside housing is without mangrove connection and over time we'll either lose our beach to erosion and wash out --thus exposing the land inland more -- or the 'beach' will be replaced with an expensive sea wall.

I've contacted a Vetiver consultancy and they are very keen. If I can get council support we can do it, I reckon.

Main cost consultancy fees.

I'm no bioengineer.

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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

GrowVetiver is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.

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