|Wasteland Development - Social
and Farm Forestry
2004-05, 1,765 hectares of wastelands were brought under plantations through social
forestry, taking the cumulative total to 4,643 hectares. The project today covers 14
mandals, 224 villages and 6,400 poor households, with the strength of total area under
plantation touching 19 million saplings.
ITCs strategic alliance with the
Government of Andhra Pradesh took off to a successful start by bringing 112 hectares of
land under clonal plantation.
The year also marked the successful
validation of the social forestry model of the Company, under which poor tribals are
provided a comprehensive package of support and extension services to help them convert
their wastelands into plantations. As at March 2005, 153 poor tribal households had
harvested 73 hectares of their plantations, yielding 2,549 tonnes of pulpwood, valued at
Rs 37 lakhs. The entire output was purchased by ITCs Paperboards business. The
harvesting households deposited Rs 14 lakhs with the Sanghas towards creation of the
village development fund. This successful validation of the social intervention model has
greatly reinforced your Companys belief that it is possible to synergise shareholder
value creation with service to society.
Your Companys social and farm
forestry programmes have todate greened 29,230 hectares with over 100 million saplings.