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Poplar growers told to grow more trees to save plywood industry

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published on:August 12, 2014 3:08 am

Plywood manufacturers have asked farmers to grow more poplar trees so that plywood industry can progress in the state.

This appeal was made at a meeting of Plywood Manufacturers Association and Tree Growers’ Association on Sunday evening.

Because of a slump in the plywood industry, rates being given to the farmers have fallen drastically, and farmers are switching to wheat or paddy or other crops instead of poplar. The farmers are being given Rs 600 per quintal for the poplar wood but they want more than 700 per quintal.

Ashok Juneja, chairman of the Plywood Manufacturers Association, said farmers had been told to grow more poplar trees and stop switching to other crops.

Inderjeet Singh Sohal, president of Plywood Manufacturers Association, said that multiple taxation system was crippling their industry due to which they were not able to give proper rates to the farmers. The association has now written to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to waive 13% Central excise duty for the plywood industry.

Harmohan Singh, Ranbir Singh Sidhu and many other farmers from Tree Growers’ Association attended the meeting. They expressed satisfaction and said only the time would tell as whether the farmers would continue with poplar farming or not in future.

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