SUBJECT :Plantations in Ranga Reddy and Medak districts promise good revenue returns 

Hyderabad, February 04, 2018: The Forest Development Corporation has decided to raise pulpwood plantations of eucalyptus clones and bamboo, as they promise to generate good revenues for the Corporation.

The Corporation will initially raise plantations spread over 1,035 hectares in Ranga Reddy and Medak districts during the current year. Since plantations in these areas did not give good results in terms of yield of eucalyptus pulpwood in these areas, ITC Bhadrachalam has been approached to conduct soil tests, and suggest suitable eucalyptus clone for these areas. They were also asked to suggest optimum cost input along with treatment for the plantations, for realising maximum revenue.

The decision comes after the Corporation realised that almost double the yield per hectare was achieved during the previous financial year, which increased to 73.16 metric tonne from 44.52 MT during 2013-14. The department could see significant improvement in revenues which touched 120 crore mark last year. “The Corporation is engaged in production of clonal plants for raising plantations and plans are afoot for sale to government and private institutions, as well as plantation in Haritha Haaram programme,” a senior official said.

The Corporation has also resolved to expand the cashew plantation areas and ensure their maintenance. Sale of pulpwood, long bamboo, bamboo industrial cuts and cashew are expected to boost the revenues of the corporation. The ITC had been entrusted with assessment of yield from this year, to ensure that better yields were obtained. This is in addition to promoting eco-tourism parks at Chintaguda in Jannaram mandal of Mancherial district and Peddamunigal village of Neredgommu mandal of Nalgonda district.

The eco-tourism park in Nalgonda would be developed on 15 acres and the required revenue land had been identified, in the backwaters of Nagarjunasagar project, surrounded by hills. In Mancherial district, the park is proposed to be developed on 6.13 acre site, located between Godavari river and forest areas. “Location of the site very close to the Kawal tiger reserve, and its connectivity through a network of good roads, will enhance the tourist inflow significantly,” the official said.

Source: The Hindu