Why timber plant cultivation is viable?

Dear cultivators,

Timber plants cultivation is one of the best positive crop practice for the farmers or land holders on their vacant lands, unused housing plots, barren lands to get additional income without interrupting to their regular crops. It is essential to develop social, community and private forests to protect environment as well as to protect soil erosion. Plantation of 1 acre timber plants will absorbs tons of CO2 from the climate.

There are lot many “Money Spinning” timber plantations come in to the focus and vanished in short term. All it is due to lack of awareness of plant characteristics, lack of knowledge whether or not they will stabilize on their climatic conditions. So before going to choose a particular timber plant to cultivate on their lands, it is good to find some literature or study over that from plant experts or scientists.

Acasia Mangium is one such crop where some farmers burnt their hands seeing handsome ads and duped into cultivation and were disappointed in many places across the country.

As per resent studies and experiments done in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana and A.P., some parts of Maharastra and Gujarat, the plant species “Melia Dubia” seems optimistic and result oriented because of its unique and fastest growing capability.

What is the economic time frame for timber plants?
Timbers of short term usage viz. Eucalyptus, Subabul, Casaurina, Gmelina etc. Whatsoever, these timbers must give yield from 2 to 4 years time frame is viable for small farmers. Beside attain wood value, all these plants can be cultivate for Biomass needs in short term.

What else generate income within one year?
There is another miraculous biomass/bioenergy/fodder which will give its wonderful harvest with in one year as 3 cuttings is: Nappier Grass or CO4 grass. It can be used for both cattle as green fodder and to biomass drying it.

Share some of your experiments and interests on this topic…
We’ll discuss how and which species is good for various uses…

Thanking you
Mr.Ravi Dasari
Pink Nurseries for Aromatic and Medicinal Plants

Aromatic Oil Project- RRL-CN-5
Dr Ashok Shahi, Ex Scientist, RRL Jammu and his team has developed RRL-CN-5 Grass after 8 years of Research & Development, which is Superior to Pamarosa and other Aromatic grasses in terms of Fresh herbage and its Oil quality (Geraniol 65-70% and Geranyl acetate 10-20% ) and Quantity (4 to 6kg per Ton of grass)and is being grown across the India like Jammu, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.                                                                                                                                                                                                          It is observed that oil recovery is better in humid and warm climate. The Oil recovery of        RRL-CN-5 in Gujarat is around .5 to .6% (5to 6 kg, even 10 kg is also notice per Ton of Grass), hence this crop can be grown very well in Maharashtra also.
Drought tolerance value of this grass is 9% means it can be taken as rain fed crop- 8 to 10 Ton herbage can easily be obtained from two cuttings which can give 30 to 35 kg of Oil which amounts to Rs. 27,000 (Rs.900/kg X 30kg = 27,000)
Fly ash- Dr Mohini Saxena, Ex Scientist, RRL Bhopal, has conducted trials of RRL-CN-5 on Fly ash and found increase of Oil content up to 10 to 20 % because of increased micronutrient and water holding capacity of soil.
Soil Erosion - By cultivation of this grass soil erosion can be checked, instead of planting Vetiver grass solely for soil erosion this grass can give additional income in the form of Oil (Rs.27,000 per acre per year).
Saline Soil/Water- This Grass can also be grown in the wide range of Saline & Alkaline soil &  water ( It can tolerate Saline soil up to 8.5 pH and water up to 2500 TDS.) area where other crop can Not Sustain.
This Aromatic Oil Project can be implemented in below modes.
(1)  Fully irrigated area of 12 to 15 acre, at one place or within 5km radius.
(2) Semi irrigated (up to March) 20 to 30 acre, at one place or within 5km radius.
(3) Rain fed more than 30 acres, at one place or within 5km radius. This project can be
      implemented by ATMA through cluster of farmers.
(4) On the farms adjoin to forest or having wild animal problems.
(5) Un cultivated/Barren lands also can be brought under this Project.
How to implement- Raise the Nursery of one acre for further plantation of 12 to 15 acres. Nursery can be raised in Feb-March and Jun-July and re plantation can be done in Jun-July and Sep-October, first option is far better and suitable.
Advantage over Pamarosa- Oil recovery is more (.1 to .2%), re plantation is easy as it is done by Slips which helps maintain Genetic purity, there is no seed formation in this variety. RRL-CN-5 Oil is only the source of Geranyl acetate (15-20%) which is in high demand by industry.
Advantage over Citronella- No diseases, herbage is constant as compare to Citronella (Citronella herbage after 2 years drops down), Oil rate is quite high and almost stable.
Economics - The fresh herbage (Grass) yield is 20 to 25 Ton per acre per year and the Oil yield is 100 to 125 kg and rate of this oil is Rs.1,000 to Rs.1,200 per kg. Rs.80,000 to Rs.1,25,000 income can be generated from one acre. And expenses are not more than Rs.20 to 25 thousand per acre.
Additional advantage of this Project-

  1. Plantation once for 5 to 6 years.
  2. Only 3 to 4 labor can maintain 15 to 20 acre plot.
  3. No risk of Wild and Domestic animal and the theft.
  4. No much effect of Heavy or excess or less rains.
  5. Money flow every after two month.
  6. No Pest and disease.
    Note- Net profit on 15 acre plot is Rs.50,000 to Rs.80,000 per acre per Year on Average.
    Pacific Agro, Nagpur, provides complete CONSULTANCY on Turn Key Project up to the Marketing of the Oil at best prize. Call- 094059 14624, 094228 81280, 097301 07163 or  Write- www.aromediherbs.com.
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