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  In India, the paper industry is primarily rural based with close linkages with farming community. Over the years it has evolved into an agro-based industry from its earlier character of a forest-based industry.  
  Myth and The Reality: While all pervading myth that continues to slur the image of the industry is that it perpetually uses forest raw material and consequently denudes natural forests of the country, the truth is that over the last decade, industry led farm/social forestry have brought around 0.5 million hectares under pulp wood plantations, mainly degraded marginal lands of farmers. At the current estimate, wood based segment of the industry uses 80 per cent of the total requirement from farm produced wood. In particular, IPMA member mills have been actively promoting agro forestry with private land holders/farmers to meet imminent raw material needs in a sustainable manner thereby, positively impacting the Greening India mission of the Government. Also, the industry initiative has created major employment in the remote areas in close proximity to the manufacturing facilities thereby, helping rural development.

Global Scenario: Globally, paper industry has realized a linkage between production of paper and the farming community thereby infusing huge capital in agricultural economy. The USA, Latin America, Scandinavian countries, Australia, Japan and neighboring Asian countries viz. China, Indonesia etc. all have been quick to create conducive land use/forestry policies to encourage large-scale production plantations and attract mega investments in pulp and paper/paperboard manufacturing and in the process creating millions of jobs.

India Imperative: In order to replicate success stories of major global players in the field of Production/ Industrial Plantation, IPMA continues to advocate for atleast 2% access to degraded forestland on lease. It is IPMA’s firm belief that besides facilitation of social/farm forestry on private/revenue waste lands, if paper mills are permitted to grow pulpable wood in the radius of 150- 200 KMs to their facilities on the available degraded forest land as well, it would hugely help mills to achieve cost competitiveness in terms of wood and freight and would also, help generate employment, create wealth for the rural poor and lend protection to environment. In this context, IPMA has pleaded for adoption of Multi Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) model propounded by MoEF for afforestation of degraded land.
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