Project report for cultivation of Casuarina in irrigated condition and cultivation of Eucalyptus under rain fed condition.
A preliminary project report was prepared by me for a corporate farm last year for getting in-principle clearance from their H.O and from their Bankers. I have published that report here below with the belief that this will greatly help our fellow farmers in preparing reports for bankers with repayment schedule easily.
To establish a pulp wood plantation in 500 acres in the farm lands of M/s.......... Ltd., with Eucalyptus hybrid clones and Casuarina Junghuhniana clones as main crops.
Introduction & Scope:
This report is prepared at the behest of Sri. ............, Regional Manager, ................ Ltd.,Tirunelveli by A.Vishnu Sankar, (Mob.........................), President of the Tirunelveli District Tree Growers Association and an approved contractor (Readers please note: I am not a contractor now) to undertake the Farm Forestry scheme of TNPL, Karur.
It is a welcome gesture from M/s................ Ltd., to utilize the vast tracts of cultivable drylands (rainfed farm lands) in their possession in Southern districts of Tamilnadu, to a productive cum profitable purpose with bare minimum investment.
As many farmers / corporate entities have now come to realize that the cultivation of horticulture crops in rain fed dry lands is unremunerative, most of them are turning to the most promising Agroforestry / Silviculture cultivation. Mostly, preference is given to ‘Fast Growing Trees of commercial importance’ in order to cut short the long gestation period a tree growing project normally involves.
2. Melia dubia (Malai Vembu in Tamil)
3. Casuarina junghuhniana (Indonesian / Junguniana Savukku in Tamil)
4. Ailanthus excelsa (Perumaram, Pee maram, Peematti in Tamil)
5. Grewia tiliaefolia (Thadasu, Sadachi in Tamil)
6. Khaya senegalansis (Kaya or Senegal Mahogany in Tamil)
7. Albizia falcataria (Kattumaram in Tamil)
8. Pterocarpus santalinus (Red Sanders/ Sivappu Santhanam in Tamil)
9. Acacia auriculiformis (Pencil Tree in Tamil)
10. Anthocephalus cadamba (Vellai Kadambu in Tamil)
11. Eucalyptus - (Tamil: Thaila maram)
12. Bamboo (Varieties: Bambusa nutans, B. Bamboos, B. tulda, B. vulgaris, B. Balcooa)
Selection of appropriate Tree varieties:
1) Casuarina junghuhniana clones
2) Eucalyptus clones.
TAMIL NADU NEWSPRINT AND PAPERS LIMITED:
Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited (TNPL) is a Government of Tamil Nadu Enterprise producing Newsprint and Printing & Writing paper at its Mill located at Kagithapuram in Karur District with an installed capacity of 2.45 lakh MT per annum. TNPL is producing different varieties paper of acceptable quality primarily from Bagasse and pulpwood and currently taking up the expansion of paper production capacity from 2.45 Lac MT to 4 Lac MT per annum. TNPL, therefore, requires continuous availability of about 4.5 Lac MT of pulpwood per annum. Against this backdrop, TNPL has embarked upon development of plantation in the year 2004-05 and launched a plantation scheme called Farm Forestry scheme.
FARM FORESTRY SCHEME:
- Dry land farmers in the State are encouraged to cultivate pulpwood trees in their lands, which are currently barren.
- TNPL provides high quality seedlings/clones to the farmers at concessional rates. (Rs.3.50 / Clone).
- TNPL enters into an agreement with the farmers to buy the pulpwood at the prevailing market price at the time of harvest or at the minimum support price guaranteed at the time of entering into contract whichever is higher. (current price Rs.2000 / Ton).
- TNPL provides assistance to the eligible farmers in obtaining bank finance. The principal amount together with interest is to be repaid after the harvest.
- TNPL provides free technical assistance for planting and advisory services after planting of seedlings/clones in farmers' lands.
- TNPL arranges harvesting and transport of pulpwood from the farmers' field to factory at company’s cost.
All information relating to Casuarina cultivation, tips to increase yield, photographs of fields with Casuarina plantations, Clonal production centre of TNPL Etc., can be had from this blog: agrowmania.blogspot.com. Please click this 'Casuarina Link'.
Cultivation details can be also had from: http://www.fcrinaip.org/casuarina_cultivation.php
This crop requires supplementary irrigation in peak and prolonged summer that is difficult to provide by the promoters with the poor irrigation facility available at present in the field. Retaining moisture in the soil by providing flood irrigation at least once in a month is necessary for Casuarina cultivation. Though this crop is most suited for our soil, it is advisable to reduce the area under Casuarina, to eliminate risks.
So the given mandate of selecting tree crops for cultivation in 100% dryland should be altered to include this crop by providing irrigation facility.
The safest way is to go for drip irrigation system thereby we can increase the area with minimum water usage and to obtain a bountiful harvest. We can take up Casuarina cultivation in a minimum of 50 acres in the fields where water availability is adequate.
Please note that the cost figures and yield estimates are only symbolic and sketchy. The calculations may vary depending upon the fertility of the soil, spacing, dosage of fertilizer, irrigation schedule; proper and timely pruning and other related Good Agriculture Practices.
Please note that a small fraction of farmers are getting a yield of 70 Tons and above in an acre and the majority farmers are able to get only 40 Tons – 50 Tons from 31/2 to 4 years crop will explain many questions on the yield front. So a realistic,achievable target of (Average yield ) 55 tons / Acre was taken for the estimates.
● greater vigour,
● drought resistant nature,
● insect resistant characters,
● adaptability to a variety of agroclimatic conditions,
● adaptability to varied soil conditions (from good to degraded soils).
● moderately salt tolerant,
● relatively fire resistant,
● strong coppice capability (Ratooning),
But here, we have prepared a significant project, wherein importance has been given to solutions (to risks) and thereby eliminating risks in the planning stage itself. The main ideas conceived by us to make our project a grand success are summarized here below:
- Selecting drought tolerant tree varieties for drought prone area.
- Both the selected crops are some of the fastest growing trees in the world.
- Both the crops have adaptability to varied soil / agroclimatic conditions.
- No need for fencing the crop area as cattle do not graze these two crops.
- Possibility of theft is almost Nil when compared to Horticultural crops.
- Reducing the area under Casuarina to our irrigation capacity.
- Provision of drip irrigation system for Casuarina for higher yields.
- Selection of Hybrid clonal Casuarina jughuhniana variety for higher yields.
- Selection of Hybrid clonal Eucalyptus for higher yields.
- Procurement of high quality planting materials from TNPL at concessional rates.
- Planting coincides with the onset of North East monsoon, hence mortality of plants will be Nil and their establishment in the soil will be far better.
- It has been planned to provide sufficient plant spacing for efficient use of machines instead of manpower for deweeding.
- Marketing the harvested produce is made simpler by entering into ‘Contract agreement’ with the market leader - ‘TNPL’.
- Harvesting cost, Loading cost and Transportation of pulpwood from our lands to the TNPL’s factory at Kagithapuram, Karur will be borne by TNPL thereby saving not only our money but also our precious time and considerable energy.
- As Eucalyptus has coppice capability, the plantation can be retained for 18 years.
- We can get more income from the ratoon crops of Eucalyptus because of faster and more cycles and reduced expenditure in the ratoon stages.
- Free technical assistance for planting and advisory services after planting can be had from TNPL.
- TNPL and M/s Forest College and Research Institute, (FC & RI) Mettupalayam are Consortia partners in the NAIP-ICAR sponsored project. Hence we can avail free technical assistance from FC & RI also.
- We can arrange inspection of our fields by experienced officers from the ‘Forest Department of Tamilnadu’ and the scientists from ‘Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding’ (IFGTB), Coimbatore also.