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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.”

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Comments on this article
sangharakshit khadse, yavatmal
Sunday, October 04, 2015

Hi sir please send details sandalwood in my mail id

fysal, kerala
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Dear Sharma
I am looking for sandal seedlings for my 10 acre land.please contact me by mail or send your contacts to

prasad, mangalore
Thursday, August 13, 2015

we r sandalwoodplant nursery in south india,we suply best quality seedlings all over india.price depend upon hight and age off plants.

my contect number 9964803956.
prasad bhat
agro forestry id is :

Shivender Singh Panwar, Punjab
Friday, July 31, 2015

Dear Sir,

I have 10 acres of fertile land near Garhshankar (Punjab). I am very much interested in Sandalwood cultivation.
Would request you to kindly solve my queries related to Sandalwood plantation.

* Is it legal to cultivate and sell the trees
* What kind of soil is required (PH level, contaminated content etc)
* From where we can get sapplings
* Cost of the sapplings
* In which month we can plant the sapplings
* At what distance the sapplings should be planted (if we only grow sandalwood trees)
* Maintenance cost per acre / per year (Manure, fertilizers, water, security etc.)
* How long will it take for the tree to grow
* What will be the expected yield and revenue from one acre.

Can we grow sandalwood tree along with any other tree (poplar, eucalyptus, teak etc)

Warm regards,
Shivender Singh Panwar

Nagesh, Nellore ,Andhra pradesh
Monday, July 06, 2015

Dear Sharma sir,

We have 20 acres red soil land and we are planning to cultivate White sandal and Red sandal plants .

Please call me or give me a miised call so that I can contact you for more details.

If any one has Mr.Sharma contact number please let me know.

My contact no is

Gajendra, Sirsi, Karnataka
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hi sir,
am the inspired by Mr sharma and now am the owner of 600 sandal wood trees of 5 years old.
but i need financial help for sandalwood plantation.

how is it possible.

pavithra, nyamathi
Friday, June 19, 2015

Sir please Will u provide me d sharmaji platation address..we r planning to cultivate redsandalwood..please I'm eagrly waiting for ur reply..or mail me at Please sir kindly request...ur from puttur no so I'm asking...

Nagarjuna, Kadapa
Monday, May 25, 2015

Hi sharma ji,

We are planing to cultivate sandal could you please provide your we will contact you....

jigar, Surendranagar/vadodara
Sunday, April 26, 2015

I want to plant white sandalwood in 2 acres of land,could you please provide complete details of project, including total cost starting from plantation up to cultivation.

Alpesh Jambukiya , surendra nagar
Saturday, May 16, 2015

If you need information about sandalwood farming in gujarat than connect me... we have provided best quality material and guidance.... 9824780503

KSR Nair, Cherthala
Friday, March 27, 2015

Will you kindly inform whether I can buy sandalwood saplings from you on regular basis for sale to buyers. Also please confirm whether sale of live sandalwood saplings need any licence or permission from the govt. Thanks

raju, hyderabaad
Saturday, February 21, 2015

i want to plant sandle wood in 5 acres of land, could you please provide the entire cost for plan to start till maintenance.
thanks in advance,
reg, raj

darshan, sullia
Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dear Sir,
I am interested in purchasing three sandalwood plants, is it available. What is the cost?..Please reply

rohit, vizag
Monday, December 01, 2014

Hi Sir,

I am student and I like plants very much, I have house which have place to grow plants, I want to know where to buy sandalwood plants.

Ranjeet Singh, Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh)
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hello sir,
We have 20 acres of land in which we want to cultivate sandalwood plants.
i want to plant sandalwood can u help me in that, please provide to your contact detail.

With Regards
Ranjeet Singh
Mob no 9816347587
Himachal Pradesh

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hello sir,
We have 10 acres of land in which we want to cultivate sandalwood plants...please call me jairam sharma ji m Mbille 9396754919,

Chirag, maharashtra konkan
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Subject: sandalwood plantation

i am chirag Deshmukh from Maharashtra kokan reign
i want to plant sandalwood can u help me in that, i have 30 acers of land
please give me your number i will call you



Pragnes Desai, Vadodara, Gujarat
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mr. Sharma,
next year, in Jan 2015, I am planning to plant sandalwood plantation in about 50 acres. Please advise on the same and give me complete details and guidelines. My mob is 09924111024.
awaiting your kind reply...

anilkumar pawar, Maharastra Nashik
Thursday, August 21, 2014

I have 20 acre land at Maharastra Nashik I planed to plant sandalwood ,but I haven't consultant I have little primary knowledge.I want project report& Govt.POlices Will you help me

manjunathareddy, visakhapatnam
Friday, July 25, 2014

i want grow sandalwood in surround Visakhapatnam's basically iam agriculture graduate with lot of experience on agronomic practices of major crops suggest me it is viable or not plz give ur mobil no possible i want visit ur nursery

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.

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
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

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.

Raghavendar, Bangalore
Saturday, October 11, 2014

I would like to know contact details of Mr. Sharma to check for the sandalwood saplings.
Pls advise.

Await your reply.


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

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.
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,

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


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.

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