ITC's Afforestation Programme has created a source of sustainable livelihoods for poor farmers by helping them grow commercially viable pulpwood plantations, on waste- and low yielding lands. This initiative has generated over 135 million person days of employment. It has also generated green cover for more than 7,33,000 acres, contributing significantly to soil conservation and carbon sequestration
R&D to improve productivity
To ensure the commercial viability of these plantations, ITC invested in extensive R&D to develop fast-growing clonal saplings that are disease-resistant and have a higher rate of survival in harsh conditions.
Securing the future with Agro-forestry
The recently introduced agro-forestry model, which combines tree growing with field crop production, ensures both food and wood security as well as helps in the conservation of precious natural resources
ITC's Afforestation initiative generates large scale green cover that contributes significantly to groundwater recharge, soil conservation and carbon sequestration, ensuring ITC’s carbon positive status for over 14 years.