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The futility of the teak forest in Kandhamal

Updated : January 29, 2020 06:39 PM IST

Since the first teak plantation by the British in Kerala in 1842, almost all states of India have carried out teak plantation in the forests under different schemes to create or convert the existing forests into high-value timber-based forests.
The teak forests are threatening the survival and livelihood of the Kutia Kondh, an agrarian tribal community in Odisha, who traditionally used low hill slopes for agriculture and depend on the forest for their livelihood, medicinal and socio-cultural practices.
Teak roots spread horizontally in the topsoil layer and the tree consumes most of the soil nutrients and moisture to ensure its survival and doesn’t allow other plant species to grow around and under it.
The futility of the teak forest in Kandhamal

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