IPIRTI – SIPMA INTERACTIVE MEET was held on 11th May 2012 at IPIRTI, Bangalore
Following issues were discussed during the meet:
1. Issues pertaining to Licensing of Saw Mill/Veneer/Plywood Industries
It transpired in the discussion that there are several Plywood and Veneer Industries coming up in the state without license in view of existing ambiguity created by decisions of Supreme Court of India and Karnataka High Court. The delegates requested the State Government to take census of all the units and take action to issue licenses to these industries, so that they can continue production within the parameters of the law in compliance with the Orders of the Supreme Court of India and Karnataka High Court.
2. Identification of fast growing species
3. Establishment of Nurseries of chosen species by Karnataka Forest Department
4. Supply of quality planting material – Melia Dubia
It was resolved that, Wood based industries including SIPMA in association with Institutes like Institute of Wood Science & Technology (IWST), Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB), Research Wings of Karnataka Forest Department and Agricultural Universities should work jointly to identify fast growing plantation timber species under different agro climatic zones in the Southern states, so that industry is assured of raw materials security. It was further resolved that, Indian Plywood Industries Research & Training Institute (IPIRTI), Bangalore will take the lead in coordinating the production of quality seedling of Melia Dubia in co-ordination with IWST, IFGTB, Karnataka Research Wings, Agricultural Universities and Tree Growers Societies. The IPIRTI will also co-ordinate the production of seedlings through micro and macro propogation of Melia Dubia through appropriate organization including progressive farmers and Tree Growers Societies.
5. Lifting of restrictions on cutting and transporting of timber
It was resolved to take Melia Dubia and other non forest grown species of industrial raw material (Timber) from the purview of restrictions of felling and transporting under the Karnataka Tree Preservation Act (KTP Act) and Karnataka Forest Act as it is not a components of natural forests, it is grown outside the forest by individual farmers through their efforts and investment. Hence, restrictions will become a major impediment in growing tree crops outside the forest area. The species has been found very suitable for Wood based industries in general and Plywood & Veneer industries in particular. This will generate good income to the farmers and encourage them to extend the tree growth outside the reserved forest in pursuance of Indian Forest Policy 1988 on expanding the forest and tree cover up to 33%.
6. Requirement of Fumigation Certificate for Imported Logs
In view of the difficulties faced by many importers in general and plywood industries in particular with regard to the Phyto Sanitary Certificate requirements of Fumigation with Methyl Bromide which is banned all over the world, as exporting countries are unable to treat the logs and as our Government is insisting on this treatment, the imports are getting affected causing hardship and non-availability of logs. IPIRTI was requested to take up the matter suitably with the Agricultural Ministry to sort out the issue on emergency basis and prescribe such treatment as is accepted or alternately prescribe this Methyl Bromide Treatment at the Indian ports till a final decision is taken in the matter.
It was also resolved to request Financial Institutions like NABARD and Schedule Banks to provide financial assistance to take up the tree farming at a subsidized or differential rate of interest to promote greening of India as far as possible involving Agricultural Finance Corporation of India to provide subsidies.