Thursday, March 7, 2013



Deliberations on various aspects of agro-forestry like planting techniques, insect-pests and disease management, and choice of clonal planting materials, were held on the concluding of the two-day workshop on "Role of Kissan Mela in Sustainable Supply of Wood for Industries," organized at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The two-day workshop saw discussions on silviculture, management of agro-forestry species and development of marketing system for agro-forestry produces. The experts from PAU and Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun, addressed all the queries of the participating farmers, from different parts of the state, during the question/answer session.

The workshop was jointly organized by FRI, PAU, Punjab Forest Department (PFD); Northern India Plywood Manufacturers Association; and Wood Technologists Association (WTA).

The Chief Guest of the valedictory function and the Chairman of the concluding session, Dr S.P. Singh, Deputy Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Dehradun, emphasized on the organization of more interactions amongst tree growers, industry, and research institutes for the future agriculture growth, especially, agro-forestry.

The session was co-chaired by Dr Avtar Singh, Head, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, PAU.

The speaker, Mr S.C. Jolly, President of WTA, appealed to the government to provide subsidy for raising agro-forestry species (poplar and eucalyptus) as is being provided for rubber plantation in various parts of the country. India imports timber worth Rs 20,000 crore/- annually, disclosed he, saying that if tree plantation is encouraged in vacant lands in the country, the huge foreign exchange can be saved.
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