BILT Forestry Initiatives

BILT Forestry Initiatives

BILT has been developing Farm Forestry since 1990 through its subsidiary company BILT Tree Tech Ltd. (BTTL). Since its inception in 1989, BTTL has concentrated on developing core competency in forestry and is manned by experienced forestry professionals.

BILT has taken a special care to target marginal land belonging to farmers below poverty line. Farmers covered under this scheme are assured purchase of their pulpwood produce by BILT at declared support price or market price which ever may be higher. Tailor-made bank loans on long-term basis are made available to the needy farmers.

forestryimg1Ongoing Research & Development activities aimed at tree improvement and clonal development are already contributing to increased returns to farmers through improved productivity. BTTL has initiated site-specific forestry research projects to identify and produce high yielding clones of pulpwood species like Eucalyptus, Casuarina and Leucaena leucocephala. Plantations raised with high yielding clones of Eucalyptus have achieved substantial increase in yield giving significantly higher returns to farmers. The company plans to progressively increase usage of high yielding clones in the farm forestry programme by adopting tissue culture route. BILT Tree Tech Ltd has also established high quality seed orchards of above species to improve availability of good quality seed and ensure better productivity of its farm forestry programme.

forestryimg3The programme is being implemented in six states of India namely, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Chhattishgarh, Haryana, and Tamil Nadu, through a network of central and decentralized nurseries. The three central nurseries located in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana have state-of-the-art technology and are capable of producing root trainer and clonal plants with a total capacity of 5/6 million plants. Till date 80 million plants have been distributed covering approximately 16,000 hectares land belonging to 13,300 farmers. Long-term target is to progressively increase this farmer base to 60, 000 farmers and annual planting to more than 50 million plants by year 2007-08.

Introduction|Farm Forestry Benefits