s
Nidhi Land
   Matrimonial |  Properties |  Jobs |  Classifieds |  Ask Doctor |  Live TV |  Cartoon |  Sponsored Greetings |  Astrology  |   Red Chillies |  Tips for life |  Tribute |  Debate




      Search in

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 11:43:36 AM (IST)  

Puttur: Agriculturist takes up sandalwood farming to conserve species

Puttur: Agriculturist takes up sandalwood farming to conserve species

Deekshith D V
Daijiworld Media Network - Puttur
Pics: Adarsh Nelyadi

Puttur, Jul 2: “Today the land of sandalwood is seeing its extinction; sandalwood trees are now an endangered species in India,” says Jairam Sharma, owner of a sandalwood nursery in Nelyadi.

Sharma is an agriculturist and his love for nature and concern for the environment led him to cultivate a sandalwood nursery on his 16 acre plot. Sharma started this model nursery ‘Chandana’, under the National Horticulture Mission, National Medicinal Plant Board, to grow the endangered species in 2003.

His mission was to provide more income to farmers and economically empower them, while increasing the extinct species ‘Santalum Album’ and ‘Pterocarpus Santalinus’ that are an asset to the nation and to the government.

Sharma is not only an agriculturist but is an expert on sandalwood plantation. He mourns for man’s perversion towards exploiting nature for his selfish wants.

He also said, “Karnataka is said to be the ‘Land of Sandal’ - ‘Gandhada Nadu’ - but what is the present of condition of  this land of sandalwood? Sandalwood trees are reaching extinction. Both Santalum Album and Pterocarpus Santalinus have become endangered species. Even the huge trees in the forest are trampled down by the smuggling mafia.”

Narrating the techniques of sandalwood cultivation, Sharma said, “Basically, sandalwood cultivation is well-suited for dry land. On one hectare, a farmer can cultivate 500 plants. Today, in Australia, sandalwood cultivation has become a regular crop.”

“Cultivated plants can be grown for 25 to 30 years, but it is viable at the age of 15 years and it gets good market value. The cost of a sandalwood plant depends on its age and height. Basically, the Santalum Album is a semi root parasitic plant. Sandalwood plant can also be cultivated as a mixed crop between Mango or Sapodilla plantations. Seeds of this plant can be used for fat extraction for soaps and detergents. Apart from this, it can be also used as cereal grains for food but it is not affordable to the common man,” says Sharma form his experience of cultivation.

“India is pioneer of sandalwood and East Indian sandalwood has wide demand and market throughout the world because of its quality. Till 2001, there was restriction on growing sandalwood. In 2001, the Act was amended with regard to growing sandalwood trees in Karnataka, where in 2003 the state government implemented the Act on growing and cutting sandalwood trees without any restrictions. But a farmer has to sell the sandalwood to government-owned bodies like Karnataka Soap Factory, Karnataka Handicraft Emporium, or to Karnataka Forest Department. Unfortunately, a farmer doesn’t have an open market for sandalwood,” said Sharma.

Sharma sells sandalwood plants from his nursery in states like Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Orissa, but selling is not the sole aim. He also visits such places to check the condition of plants he has sold.

Talking on the products and demand of Red Sanders, he said, “Red Sanders is also used in preparing music instruments and idols especially which are exported to Japan. So, it has wide demand in the world.”

Sharma, feeling proud about his profession, says, “This profession gives me more peace and happiness where one can show love towards nature. If the market for sandalwood falls, no matter, but we can save this earth from global warming.”

As Franklin D Roosevelt said, “A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”


Comments on this article
H V.Aswath, Bangalore
Monday, June 30, 2014

I liked ur article. I have got dry land, even I also planed to grow sandalwood. Please give ur suggestion and help me, by giving ur contact no. I would like to visit ur plantation.

Mandala Nagaraju, Anantapur, Andra Pradesh
Monday, June 30, 2014

Good Morning sir,
Iam in Manager Vanisa Sandalwood Farms PVT Ltd.

Amresh Kumar, Bihar
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Dear Sharma Ji,

I am very much interested in Sandal wood Harvesting, Can it possible in Bihar, please give a miss call on 09871655844 or please give me your contact no.

Regards
Amresh Kumar

Kranthi Kumar , Warangal,Andhra Pradesh
Friday, June 06, 2014

Hello sir,
We have 2 acres of land in which we want to cultivate sandalwood plants...please call me jairam sharma ji my no.9700686616 or E-mail to chantiduggirala@gmail.com.
Thank you

anand singh, lucknow
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

very good

A Achyuta rao, visakhapatnam
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

pl send me the contact details of Jairam sharma to take sandalwood plants
thanks

soares, goa
Monday, November 04, 2013

sir i am very impressed with your article. sir i would like to contact you to have some of the sampling to grow in my area. sir can i contact u.sir i have a barren sloppy land in goa and is it possible to grow it in this land. please let me know

pradeep, rajkot,gujarat
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Please give me your phone or contect no. Please

Dr. Cajetan Coelho, Goa, India
Saturday, July 27, 2013

Wishing Mr. Sharma all the very best. Nice report. Thanks.

sadanand, puttur
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Can anybody tell where we will get saffron(kesar)saplings?

sadanand, puttur
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Iam the one person inspired by Mr sharma and now the owner of 350 sandal wood tres of 3 years old.

Gregory Peres, Mangalore
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

I suggest when such articles are published, Daijiworld ( with permission )should also publish the person's contact no. or email address. For example, this topic is really interesting and educating . But I do not know how to contact Mr. Sharma for more guidance on this subject.

thomas, india
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Excellent!
Sir, you are doing a wonderful job.
Please encourage -motivate -inspire everyone
with your good thoughts to encourage farmers and agriculturist to earn more income by smart farming with value added products like : Teak-sandal wood- red wood and other valued products with mixed crop plantation.
This message should go natio wide.
SMART FARMING .
Earn much more.
state govt should keep on mass production of saplings in their nurseries and distribute to one and all @ a subsidized rate.

nbs, managalore/US
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Happy to see Mr. Sharma work is bearing dividends. Will it be possible for Mr. Sharma to engage/interact with folks to understand bit more about his project? and also to understand how we can help?
Can you please provide his email?

Well wisher, Udupi
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Great work Mr. Sharma, we need people like you who are concerned about nature, I'm really delighted to see so may comments who are like minded. Hope may of them will follow you.

Rajesh, Brahmavara/UK
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Good work indeed... youngster can learn a lot from nature lover Mr Sharma.

Ted, Mangalore
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Gr8 job Sharmaji,

With so many sandalwood plants, i will not be surprised if Koose Muniswamy Veerappan resurrects from the dead,

HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Very good idea Sharmaji hats off,but need to spend lot towards guards to safeguard the sandalwood trees. If not, chances of more Veerappans not ruled out.

Ronny Crasta, Mangalore
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

How do we get in touch with Mr. J.Sharma for details on planting ? Can we get his cell / tel no. please ?

Vasant Raj, Mangalore / Abudhabi
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Very good work by Mr.Sharma, also study how to preserve the tree by thieves. I think Electric Fence is the right solution.

S. Ramesh Nayak, Mangalore
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

In Kerala & TN it is legal to plant and harvest sandalwood. But in Karnataka the Forest Minister is sleeping.

Ismail Shaikh, Moodbidri/Dubai
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

S. Ramesh Nayak
What about your previous forest minister is in coma from the past 5 years during BJP rule or he was engaged in sandalwood smuggling till now. Can u ask him why he was not legalized the sandalwood harvesting?

Jacobnelson, Bejai,Mangalore
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

In Karnataka also it is allowed and if you grow sandalwood tree you will get permit also to cut it.

Charles D'Mello, Pangala
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Good work by Mr.Sharma..We may not be able eat its fruits because of thieves but at least the species will be saved.

Dev, Mangalore
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Hats off to Sharma,
@Lydia Lobo,Kadri-
Planting the saplings & taking care of them is a noble deed, but beware of smugglers, who cut them in night at tender age itself.
Near my house one tender tree was growing behind a small shed, but it was cut by smugglers & it is no more.

Lydia Lobo, Kadri
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Dev,

I do understand your concern. We need revolutionists like Mr.Sharma to disperse Sandalwood plants in each and every possible space so that it will be too much for the thieves to grab. Lets join his movement.

This way, sandalwood will be an easily available product everywhere, no need to smuggle.

Dev, Mangalore
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Fully Agreed- Lydia Lobo.
I would like to plant minimum 10 saplings- hats off to your spirit as well.

Subash Pai, Mangalore/Dubai
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Your Hobby will kill the farmers Lady Lydia. Mr.Sharma is on a commercial way to help the nation and farmers. You can have any amount of trees at your Garden. But every where are you serious? Sandle wood adopt Karnatakas Geographical atmosphere. If every where in Karnataka then other state thieves will venture to steal and there will be another inter state smuggling racket. Please have the proper knowledge before commenting.

Lydia Lobo, Kadri
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Mr. Sharma, I salute you for your love and dedication towards plant life. I will be your customer soon and will rear these saplings, not for commercial gain but for the love of nature.

Sandalwood is a dream possession. We did have a piece of this wood to use as medicine but I never saw the tree. I have that realized its not impossible anymore. My garden will have a prime spot graced by sandalwood plant soon.

 
Print this Article
Email this article to your friend
 
 
Write your Comments
 
News Title Puttur: Agriculturist takes up sandalwood farming to conserve species
Your Name
Native Place / Place of Residence
Your E-mail
Your Comment
[Please limit your comments within 2000 characters]

You have characters left.
Disclaimer: Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. Daijiworld.com will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.

Please note that under 66A of the IT Act, sending offensive or menacing messages through electronic communication service and sending false messages to cheat, mislead or deceive people or to cause annoyance to them is punishable. It is obligatory on Daijiworld to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request.

Hence, sending offensive comments using daijiworld will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will Daijiworld.com be held responsible.
 
Security Validation
Enter the characters in the image above
 
 
Published by Daijiworld Media Pvt Ltd Mangalore
Editor-in-chief : Walter Nandalike


Corporate Office :
Daijiworld Residency,
Airport Road, Bondel Post,
Mangalore - 575 008
Karnataka India
Telephone : +91-824-2982023
City Office :
First Floor,
Divya Deepa Arcade,
Bendorewell, Kankanady,
Mangalore - 575 002
Karnataka India
Telephone : +91-824-4259372
e-mail   General enquiry: office@daijiworld.com, News & Info : news@daijiworld.com

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | About Us
Copyright ©2001 - 2014. All rights reserved.
Our Franchise Offices
Kishoo Enterprises, Maithri Complex, 3rd Floor,
Udupi Service Bus Stand, Udupi, Karnataka. Pin 576101
Telephone : 0091-820-4295571
e-mail : udupi@daijiworld.com
Daijiworld Middle East FZE
P.O.Box: 84772, Dubai, UAE
Tel: 971-50-6597629  Fax: 971-4-2639207
Email: dubai@daijiworld.com
There has been a database error. Technical Support has already been notified. You will be informed when this issue is resolved. Thank you for your patience!