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Plan to produce shellac worth Rs 1.65 crore

ACTION PLAN Conservator Hemavati Verman said that under a ten-year action plan for the Sehore Forest Division, shellac worth Rs 1.65 crore would be grown on 40 lakh Palash trees. The production will further enhance during the subsequent years.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 17:18 IST

ACTION PLAN Conservator Hemavati Verman said that under a ten-year action plan for the Sehore Forest Division, shellac worth Rs 1.65 crore would be grown on 40 lakh Palash trees. The production will further enhance during the subsequent years.

The programme is expected to provide employment to 3500 families. Verman was giving details of the action plan here at the Forest Nursery. Verman said that there are millions of Palash trees in the division, which are used as fuel wood.

Rope is also made out of their roots, but not too often. Like cocoons used for making silk, Lecifer Lecca would be used to produce shellac from Palash trees. Divisional Forest Officer C S Mann said that the project is estimated to cost Rs 32 lakh to produce shellac worth Rs 1.65 crores, resulting into a net profit of Rs 1.32 crores.

The yield per plant ranges from 300 grams to a kilogram. Its present market rate is about Rs 350 per quintal, he added.

Mann said that the 10-year plan has a number of welfare schemes for villagers as well as the wildlife. It envisages all-round development and security of forests and their produce including wildlife.

Besides increasing the density of Sagon and other jungles, it aims to harness sources to generate income from forests and provide employment opportunities to those living there.

The total forest area in this division is 1,52,971 hectares including 1,12,848 reserved and 40,123 hectares protected forest.