Clonal agroforestry plantations need to be supported with strong R & D and sound, efficient and timely extension services for the farmers. The book discusses in detail the establishment of modern largescale clonal plant production nurseries and improved silvicultural management of clonal agroforestry plantations of Eucalypts, Poplars, Casuarinas, and other species. Specific recommendations for further advancements in all areas related to tree improvement, development of new superior clones, holistic development of agroforestry and required policy reforms have been also provided.
About the author
Shri Piare Lal holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences, and is a professional forester from the 1963–65 batch of the Indian Forest College, Dehradun and the 1968 batch of Indian Forest Service, Punjab Cadre. He joined Wimco Limited in 1970 and rose to the position of Group General Manager in the Agroforestry Division. He made significant contributions to the successful implementation of the first major agroforestry project for planting poplars in India from 1984 to 1989. He joined Bhadrachalam Paperboards Limited as Vice President–Plantations in 1989 and spearheaded the prestigious project for development, testing, and deployment of genetically superior clones of eucalyptus in large-scale agroforestry plantations for the first time in India. He set up Pragati Biotechnologies, and established modern clonal nurseries in Punjab during 2001. He is a recipient of the prestigious Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puruskar 1999 and Lifetime Achievement Award from ICFRE in 2014. He worked as a part-time consultant to the World Bank and prestigious companies for forestry/agroforestry development projects. He was a Member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal and Indian Plywood Industries Research & Training Institute, Bengaluru, and a Member of the Institute Management Committee, National Research Centre for Agroforestry, Jhansi from 2010–2012.
Dr. Suchita Bhandari is currently the CEO of Avantha Agritech Ltd, a subsidiary of BILT and a group company of the New Delhi headquartered Avantha Group. In a career spanning about 30 years, she has worked in various agroforestry projects—her experience ranges from aspects of research and development, production and field experience in community contract farming both in India and abroad. She completed her doctorate in agricultural science (specifically in plant pathology) from Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana and went on to do post-doctoral at the Plant Breeding Institute and School of Botany in Cambridge University, England. During her tenure in England she was engaged in research in the area of plant breeding and molecular biology. After this she briefly joined Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi but soon shifted to agri-business in order to be able to take the benefits of lab research to farmers. From 2003–2005, she was part of a research team studying the role of a special kind of Endo 1-4 b-D glucanase (cellulase) (also known as KOR) in cellular biosynthesis process in Trees at Michigan Tech University, USA. Dr. Bhandari has worked with tribals and farmers (mostly small and medium), motivating and educating them to grow high-yielding, short-rotation pulpwood tree species on their land along with annual crops in order to help increase their incomes, benefit the environment, and mitigate climate change. Avantha Agritech today has operations in many states of India including Maharashtra, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telengana and Andhra Pradesh. Under her leadership, the company was awarded the ‘World Bank 2013 India Development Market Place Award’.