L. Renganathan

KARUR: The Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited (TNPL) has commissioned a state-of-the-art clonal propagation centre with a capacity to produce 10 crore clonal plants a year. The centre at Moolimangalam in the district is said to be the largest clonal production, research and development centre in a single location in India.

TNPL requires around 1.5 lakh tonne of pulpwood a year and with the implementation of the Rs. 560-crore Mill Development Plan, the requirement would go up to 4.5 lakh tonnes a year. To meet the demand, the TNPL evolved the Farm Forestry and Captive Plantation Schemes. Both the schemes entail the TNPL to supply quality planting material at subsidised cost, arrangement of credit facilities through banks, provision of timely technical advice to farmers and buy back arrangement with a minimum support price.

Through effective extension and implementation plans, TNPL has raised plantation in over 20,000 acres involving 4,100 farmers across 15 districts, said TNPL Managing Director V. Murthy, who inaugurated the centre on Saturday.

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