ITC Pilots Agro-Forestry Project In Odisha towards production of pulp wood

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ITC Pilots Agro-Forestry Project In Odisha

Kolkata: FMCG major ITC Ltd is piloting a social agro-forestry project in the Malkan giri district of Odisha by distributing fast-growing eucalyptus and subabul saplings to farmers.

The project is expected to help shore up raw material(pulpwood) sourcing for the company's paperboard factory at Bhadrachalam in Telengana.

class="MsoNormal">According to Sanjiv Puri, CEO, ITC, the plan is to take up the social forestry project in Odisha to 50,000 hectares “over a period oftime.” The move is also in line with the company's import substitution strategy to reduce dependence on import of pulp.

“We have begun a social forestry project at Malkangiri and would like to scale it up over a period of time. Apart from providing sustainable livelihood to farmers, it would also help in being a source of pulp wood to our paperboard unit in Telangana,” Puri said on the sidelines ofthe eastern regional meeting of the CII here in the city.

The Saberi river bridge connecting Chhattisgarh and Telangana has made the Malkangiri district of Odisha an important catchment area that can aid raw material procurement for ITC's paperboard unit at Bhadrachalam.

In fact, ITC — under its afforestation initiative — has worked extensively with farmers to have a green cover encompassing over 6.8 lakh acres. The programme has generated over 124 million person-days of employment (among poor tribals, marginal farmers and farm workers).

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