Progressive farmer and resident of Thali village of Tatapani area of Karsog sub division, Bhup Singh, planted his first sandalwood tree in Karsog area's principal deity Dev Bareyogi campus on Wednesday. Singh had earlier nurtured the state's first ever sandalwood tree nursery in the village with the hope of turning the apple-dominated state into a haven for sandalwood trees.
"The sandalwood plant has the capacity to transform the rural economy as it can grow in a temperature below minus degree to 45 Celsius. It takes nearly 10 to 12 years to grow into a tree. Farmers can grow sandalwood trees even on lands having animal menace," said Singh.
He informed that the sandalwood would cost `13,000 per kilogram and a fully-grown tree would produce nearly 30 to 40 kilograms of wood after 10 to 12 years.
Singh said he was inspired to plant sandalwood trees by scientists at the Central Forest Research Center at Dehradun here. He had undergone a six-month training programme at an institute in Kerala and had started the nursery in the village without assistance from state forest officials.