K`taka bans plantation of eucalyptus and acacia on forest land
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Last Updated: Monday, March 21, 2011, 21:14
Bangalore: Karnataka government on Monday banned plantation of Eucalyptus and Acacia on forest land in a bid to discourage monoculture forests due to the ecological damages these species caused, the State's Minister for Forest C H Vijayashankar said.

The government has issued a circular that eucalyptus and acacia plantations cannot be taken up on forest lands as they cause water table depletion and erode soil fertility, he told reporters.

The Government had on February 4 banned eucalyptus cultivation in Malnad and Semi-Malnad areas and it has prohibited cultivation of eucalyptus and acacia also.

Following the ban, the Forest Department, which had a practice of raising eucalyptus and acacia as separate plantations, will have to abandon it.

The government has already set out guidelines for raising eucalyptus planation in dry zones.

Vijayashankar said the government would soon identify the species of plants that would be encouraged for plantation by farmers under the subsidy scheme.

In the 2011-12 budget the government has said it would offer Rs five subsidy for every sapling planted by farmers in the first year, Rs ten in the second year and Rs 20 during the third year to encourage afforestation.

Vijayashankar said the government has also banned use of lands owned by Forest Development Corporation for growing pulp and eucalyptus for industrial use.

He said during the Forest Ministers conference to be held in Delhi on March 28, he would appeal to the Centre to follow Karnataka's model on monoculture forests by banning eucalyptus and acacia species plantation.


First Published: Monday, March 21, 2011, 21:14

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