SRINAGAR: The Federation of Chambers of Industries Kashmir (FCIK) has referred to as for increasing agroforestry cowl in Jammu and Kashmir to fulfill the rising timber calls for of wood-based business and boosting financial alternatives in rural areas moreover contributing to curb carbon emissions.
Talking at a one-day workshop organised on wood-based business by District Noticed Mill House owners Affiliation at Nathpora, Anantnag, former President FCIK Shakeel Qalander underscored the necessity for concerted efforts by the federal government and stakeholders in enhancing agroforestry base in Jammu and Kashmir for sustainable availability of timber, fodder and gasoline wooden for futuristic wants.
“The rising of plentiful timber exterior nationalised forests over the non-public farm lands, alongside agricultural lands, neighborhood lands, marginal lands, fringe areas, riverbank belts, waste lands and street facet strips won’t solely overcome scarcity of uncooked materials for current business however may additionally pave means for potential industrialization on this sector” he mentioned, including that underneath the modified demand-supply situation, the costs will mechanically get managed underneath economies of scale guidelines.
Whereas emphasizing on the importance of farmers offering timber to wooden based mostly business, Qalander urged upon the involved entrepreneurs to determine cordial and supportive relations with them moreover paying them their due.
Qalander proposed for framing of regional and district based mostly wooden councils by Jammu and Kashmir authorities comprising members from departments of forest, social forestry and income moreover consultants from SKAUST, business, environmentalists and farmers for augmenting strategic plans for increasing agroforestry cowl underneath the most recent initiatives and reforms programme launched by GOI.
“The initiatives, presently monitored at PMO stage, goal for reaching goal of 33 p.c of geographical space underneath forest and tree cowl moreover carbon sequestration by creating extra CO2 sink of two.5 to three.0 billion tons by 2030 underneath Paris Settlement of the UNFCCC”, he mentioned.
Talking on the event, former FCIK President Zahoor Ahmad Bhat laid emphasis on gradual relocation of unorganised wooden based mostly business to organised industrial estates/ clusters for manufacturing effectivity, advantageous widespread services and enhanced employment era.
He mentioned that FCIK would accumulate suggestions from its constituents on accessible chunks of state lands in varied districts to pursue such relocations.
Responding to points raised within the workshop, Zahoor Bhat assured the members of searching for fast redressal to all their real issues extra notably for renewal of their licenses, formal approval of clusters, energy associated points and so forth.
The Advisory Committee members knowledgeable the gathering that FCIK in previous three months had held two excessive stage conferences underneath the chairmanship of Monetary Commissioner division of Forest, Ecology and Atmosphere throughout which many selections together with auto-renewal of licenses for the mill homeowners have already been taken.
The formal orders for the selections had been anticipated anytime in close to future. They mentioned that FCIK was presently pursuing grant of exemption from licenses each at Ministry of Atmosphere, Forests and Local weather Change (MoEFCC) and UT authorities ranges forever aid to agro-forestry based mostly business with the hope to succeed.
Earlier President SMOA Ghulam Mohammed Trumboo welcomed FCIK Advisory Committee and recalled efforts of FCIK previously in direction of decision of issues confronted by wooden based mostly items on occasion. Gh Mohammad Bhathanji, Ghulam Nabi, Nazir Ahmad Nath and different members of the affiliation raised varied issues presently confronted by their members.
Outstanding business leaders Syed Fazal Illahi, Nazir Ahmad Salroo and Muzaffar Ahmad, Maqsood Ahmad and others additionally spoke within the workshop.
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