During the function she released the following publications brought out by IFGTB:
- Proceedings of Casuarina Seminar that was held last year,
- Book on Biofertilizers and Biomanures,
- Cultivation guide on Gmelina arborea (Kumil) in Tamil, Frankia, Vana Ariviyal a Tamil quarterly newsletter,
- Brochure on yield table for Casuarina.
She announced a grant of Rs. 1 crore to produce 15 lakhs of quality planting stock of Casuarina for supply to the 'Thane' cyclone affected farmers of Tamilnadu and Puducherry areas. She declared IFGTB as an ENVIS Centre on the subject of Forest Genetic Resources and Tree Improvement.
IFGTB has assigned 'one scientist for each district' of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, Andaman Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep to address the environmental and forestry issues related to those districts. Individual farmers or Farmer's Associations can call the respective scientist to clear their forestry related issues.
This 'Tree Grower's Mela' has assumed great importance over the years since it is bringing together a large number of farmers, wood-based industries and forestry research organizations on one platform which will help in understanding the issues related to tree farming and exchange of ideas and sharing of experiences.
The lectures and presentations from the scientists were very informative and useful to farmers. Even though an exclusive session was allotted to the farmers to share their tree growing experience with the scientists, it is sad to note that the contribution from the farmer's side was very poor.
I have assured the Director that with little persuasion, effort and advance planning the quality of presentations from the farmers side will be increased considerably in the next mela.