Dated: 21.02.2005

Office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests - Andhra Pradesh - Hyderabad





Sub: Forest Department - Implementation of Compensatory

Afforestation Scheme - Semi-Mechanical Method - instructions

issued - Regarding.


Ref: 1. Circular No. 05/2002/PMU-I/3, communicated in Prl.CCF ref.

no.17309/02/PMU-I/3, dated 23.08.2002

2. Circular No. 5-A/2002/PMU.I/3, communicated in Prl.CCF ref.

no.17309/2000/PMU.I/3, dated 16.09.2002

3. Circular No. 06/2002/PMU.I3, communicated in Prl.CCF ref.

no.17309/2000/PMU.I/3, dated 27.09.2002

4. Circular No. 02/2003/PMU.I/3, dated 13.02.2003

5. Government of India, Ministry of Environment & Forests

New Delhi dated 23.04.2004 communicated

through Prl.CCF, dated 28.5.2004


We have been raising plantations under Compensatory Afforestation Programme since more than a decade after the enactment of Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.


Under this programme the User Agency pays the cost of afforestation in advance. Therefore, there is a great scope for raising a very high value plantations with NTFP and other species so that it can generate huge employment and substantial income within the shortest possible time to the local community.


The technique of raising of such plantation has not been uniform in the State from time to time and therefore the quality of the plantation is also varied. In order to achieve exemplary success in this field, the following guidelines are issued:-


(1)Plantations under this programme have to be raised necessarily under Semi-Mechanical Method. The guidelines issued vide reference 3rd cited should invariably be followed. Poclain should be used preferably for loosing soil


(2) The plantations hould be raised mainly with high value NTFP species like Usiri, Tamarind, Pongamia, Tapsi, Jackfruit, (in suitable area and climate) Neredu etc., and with commercial species like Bamboo, Eucalyptus etc.


(3) The nearest VSS has to be necessarily involved. If the area is very large it can be divided into two or three parts and allotted to different VSSs located in the area.


(4) In general 75% of the area should be raised with NTFP species and bamboo and only 25% of the area may be raised with Eucalyptus and other species.


(5) The VSSs should be encouraged to raised medicinal plants and other NTFP items which can be grown as an inter crop in such plantation.


(6) For raising bamboo, intensive practices as adopted by Andhra Pradesh Forest Development Corporation Ltd., should be followed. It may be necessary to provide fencing to the bamboo plantation initially for two years.


(7) If a portion of the area is hilly and not amenable to use of proclain for loosing the soil or full of rocks, guidelines issued in circular cited 4th should be followed to raise the plantations.



Sd/-S.K. DAS,





All the Conservators of Forests (Territorial, Planning & Extension & Wildlife)

All the Divisional Forest Officers (Territorial, Planning & Extension and Wildlife)


Copy to all the Additional Principal Chief Conservators of Forests / Chief Conservators of Forests in Prl.CCF's office for information with a request to verify these aspects during their inspection in the districts.


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