Government of Andhra Pradesh

(Forest Department)



Date: 28.02.2005

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





CIRCULAR NO. 02/PMU-I/1/2005


Sub: Preferential Treatment to NTFP Species in the natural

forests - Area allotted to VSS - Certain guidelines - issued



Ref: This office, dated 17.11.2003


Certain guidelines have been issued in the reference cited above to take up preferential treatment to the Seethaphal plants that are available in the VSS area of the forests. The preferential treatment was mainly in the form of soil working / providing semi lunar trench to the plants in order to make more moisture available to the plants as the State is passing through recurrent droughts. It is reported by the field officers that the plants which have been provided with such operations are yielding many fruits of big size.

It is considered necessary that such treatment should be given to other important NTFP species like Usiri, Neredu, Tamarind, Jack etc. The preferential treatment may be one of the following tending operations:-

(1) Soil working to the plants to a radious of .5 Mt. to 1 Mt. removing the grass around the plants.

(2) Soil working and providing a semi lunar trench at least at a distance of .5 Mt. at the lower side of the slope. The semi lunar trench may be of the dimension of 30 cm (width) x 30 cm (depth) x L cm. The semi lunar trench should form half the circle around the plant.

(3) In case of bamboo, decongestion of clump and soil working upto a distance of 0.5 m. from the periphery of the clump may be taken up. A small mound to a height of 25 cmt. may be provided to the clump. A semilunar trench in the lower side may be provided and the dug out earth used for mound formation to the clump. The dimensions of the trench may be bigger if the clump size is medium to big

It should be noted that big trees of Usiri, Tamarind, Mango, Neredu, Jackfruit should not be provided with such operations. For the big trees, advice of the Horticulturist may be obtained. These tending operations should be provided only to young seedlings upto the age when they start bearing fruits.

(4) In many VSS forests, profuse regeneration of phoenix (phoenix ecaulis) is found in a patch of 1 to 5 hectares of area.

Such areas should be protected against fire by digging a series of staggered trenches all over the area and removing the fire hazards every year before the advent of the fire season. With these efforts the palm-tope will become a great asset to the local community within a short time.

Any of these operations will result in preventing the fire to reach the plant even if occurs accidently in the area.

These operations should be taken up only after carrying out enumeration of the NTFP plants in the area and getting the estimates sanctioned by the competent authority.


(S.K. DAS)




All the Conservators of Forests (Territorial, Wildlife & SF)

All the Divisional Forest Officers (Territorial, Wildlife &SF)

Copy to all the Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests/Chief Conservators of Forests for information with a request to take up the subject with the field staff on tour.

Copy to stock file


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