Timber associations appeal for planting trees

Timber sector associations in India have appealed for the planting of trees that are the raw material for the wood products sector. A large number of mills in India are dependent on imported hardwood and softwood logs, and the associations are asking that planting be focused on species that can substitute for imports.

The suggestion is that domestic species, such as pali (Palaquium ellipticum), poon (Calophylum tomentosam), bijasal (Pterocarpus marsupium), laurel (Terminalia

tomentosa), rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia), sissoo (Dalbergia sissoo), mango (Mangifera indica), jamun (Eugenia jambolana), neem (Azhadirachta indica), arjun

(Terminalia arjuna) and teak (Tectona grandis) should be planted.

Over 80,000 sawmill and handicraft enterprises are ready to use domestic resources to give a boost to self-sufficiency calls by the authorities. Plywood mills are meanwhile making efforts to identify domestic log sources.

In some states, plans are being made to expand the number of wood processing plants to support India’s self-sufficiency drive. Mills are also busy trying to automate operations as much as possible to overcome the persistent problem of labour shortages.-ITTO

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