Agro Forestry

Objective

The short rotation commercial Pulp Wood Tree Species currently promoted by UKPL is based on land suitability classification. Thee plantations are mostly planted by farmers in their low productive, rain fed lands and do not compete with food crops.

UKPL operates and manages three plant production nurseries to produce superior planting material for distribution to farmers to help increase the yields and income from their land. The nurseries have a capacity to produce twenty million plants per annum.

UKPL also has a robust services division which engages with the farmers throughout the plantation cycle.

The farmers are encouraged to plant trees in a range of models suitable to their land use pattern (i.e. Block planting, Bund planting & Agro-forestry).

Approach

UKPL field representatives visit the farmer’s land to ascertain if the soil quality and soil depth is suitable for raising plantations.

Soil & water tests (in cases of irrigated land) are organized and the farmers are advised to take up plantations only if the land is found suitable.

Technical training on Best Plantation Practices.
Market Awareness and Wood prices.

Phase 1: Farmer Outreach

Phase 2: Backward Integration with Production

Production of fast growing, site-specific planting stock of pulpwood/ timber tree species based on analysis of market demand & land suitability.

Skilled & experienced manpower to execute the Clone production activity in High Tech nurseries.

Distribution of planting stock to farmers along with efficient technical support services.

If necessary, the UKPL team can deploy consultants to execute the technical field training for plantations.

Phase 3: Distribution & Planting

Phase 4: Post Plantation Technical Assistance

The Extension team is responsible for conducting workshops on farmer’s awareness and imparting technical training to the farmers for raising high yielding plantations.

Use scientific approach to assess impact and adapt programs through scientific M&E tools.

UKPL Facilitates market linkage for the wood produced in these plantations with wood-based industries.

Phase 5: Market Linkage

Offering

Genetically superior planting stock; clones and seedlings using global standard production processes resulting in higher growth & yield.

Introduction of Agroforestry Models for multiple cropping with associated farmers

Encourage small and marginal tribal farmers with fallow, low -productive and rain-fed lands to take-up the plantations

Provide technical guidance to farmers from start to finish during the process

Lead projects on turnkey basis for commercial plantations

Facilitates market linkage for the wood produced in these plantations

Enables local communities to move onto a path of self sustainability, and paper manufactures to source raw material from local catchment areas

Affiliation for technical training on extension activity and plantation with CG Rajya Van Vikas Nigam Ltd; Chattisgarh

Association with Punjab Forest Department for supply of Clonal Planting Stock

Technical training & supply of planting material to NGO; Patneshwari  & Pradan

Technical consultancy on infrastructure development clonal plant production (nursery) with Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Active association with Odisha Forest Department under JICA Phase 1

Affiliation with other State Forest Departments viz. Madhya Pradesh, Telangana etc in varied years for supply of Planting material, Training programs & Plantation activities

Dynamic association with Chhattisgarh Forest Department for supply of planting material and to provide training to beneficiary farmers and forest officials on plantation activity

Past Projects