September 2, 2020
Coimbatore: In order to promote pulpwood based agroforestry research and development and address the problems faced by the paper industry, particularly in Tamil Nadu, the Forest College and Research Institute,
one of the premier Educational and Research Institutes in the country, has signed a
Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Tamil Nadu Paper Ltd (TNPL).
The paper industry is a major wood based industry in India which contributes
extensively to tree growing farmers and various other stakeholders involved in the supply chain of pulpwood and the demand for pulp and paper is increasing at an alarming rate and in Tamil Nadu alone and estimated that over 12 lakh
tons of pulpwood is needed annually to meet raw material requirement.
This demand may reach 17 lakh tons per annum due to mill expansion programme and subsequent increase in paper production from next year, a
release from Mettupalayayam-based Institute of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, said here Wednesday.
TNPL is the one the largest paper industries in India which is actively involved in various developments that have taken place in the sector and restricted wood supply from forests coupled with increasing raw material demand for paper industries have necessitated intensive promotion of pulpwood based Agroforestry in the state.
Against this background, this MoA will help to address various problems through systematic research aimed at identifying new genetic resources with precision silvicultural techniques to augment productivity of land and
profitability of farmers, the institute, said.
The MoA was signed by TNAU Registrar Dr.A.S.Krishnamoorthy and TNPL General Manager Dr.R.Seenivasan,the presence of TNAU Vice Chancellor, Dr N Kumar and d other university officers.
Signing of the agreement also marked the launch of TNPL funded research project titled “Improvement, wood quality characterization and utilization of pulpwood genetic resources amenable for Agroforestry” with a budget outlay
of Rs.60.6 lakh.