Tree Growers' Association in India. 2000-2009

Tree growers' Association - Tamil Nadu

A Tree Growers' Association running its own Extension Service

The plains East of the Western Gaths in Tamil Nadu are totally deforested. Most of the trees that are found here are coconut. The residues from the palms mainly in the form of leaf stalks are the main source of 'fuel wood' in the villages. The forest (very rich in biodiversity) in the mountains is under severe pressure. Coconut palms are dying massively and a shortage of 'fuel wood' is envisaged in the near future. DFE and Palni Hills Conservation Council (PHCC) have joined forces to try to improve the situation.

The Project aims at establishing a self-reliant democratic organisation governed by the members themselves - the Andipatti Tree Growers Association - an organisation which can take care of the rights and interests of the members, and provide them with a comprehensive Extension Service. This aims to improve conditions for poor families and extend sustainability and diversified production of e.g. fuel wood, fodder, poles, fruit, etc. Organised marketing and sale of tree-based products and the operation of tree nurseries are other means to improve livelihood.

Services provided by DFE staff:

Overall responsibility for project management, and scheduling of tasks and staff. Facilitation of the establishment of an association - strategies, bylaws, accounting system, training of board members. An extension service and marketing organisation capable of conducting commission sale of forest-based products and providing quality seedlings to the members and others from the association's nurseries. Intensive advice to and training of tree growers. Production of training and extension materials.

The project nursery in Andipatti village, Tamil Nadu



Flemming Sehested

Flemming Sehested

Director - Senior Consultant

Mobil +45 61 26 60 08

Karsten Raae

Karsten Raae

Forest Supervisor - Senior Consultant

Mobil +45 25 55 42 00

Danish Forestry Extension
Rolighedsvej 23
1958 Frederiksberg C

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