Review of Forestry Action Plan

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Development of Forestry is a pre-requisite for balanced and sustained development and growth in Agriculture, Industry, Education, Health and Defence etc. Forest-based building construction material, pulp, paper and paper products and innumerable inductrial and railway uses of timber are main urgent requirements of Pakistan. In addition, extension linear and compact forests are indispensable for providing much needed shelter to our crops and fruits growers, for obtaining high yields on sustained bass and for protecting our watersheds for ensuring regular supply of clean water in our rivers.

The proposed plan of action for forestry lacks clear cut thrust and comprehension. It has rather weak relevance with basic objectives. Many vital ingredients of a viable action plan are largely missing in this case. Bulk of responsibilities have been assigned to provincial forest departments who are capable of doing job only on limited areas in state forests. Privatization has been almost totally ignored. No workable comprehensive mechanism has been proposed for educating, attracting and involving millions of farmers, private citizens and entrepreneurs and involving millions of farmers, private citizens and entrepreneurs etc. there is no provision for higher educating for generating required expertise and no programme for research for discovering solutions to numerous ever-growing problems. Similarly development of accessible and attractive markets and establishment of tree-based industries have been totally neglected. Development of Range Management has been altogether missed in the action plan, although rangelands occupy about 2/3rd of Pakistan’s land area and a mere 1-2% improvement in rangelands can have a tremendous impact on total production in the country. It seems that role of cooperatives has been over exaggerated at this stages of development.

In our opinion, most of this action plan needs to redesigned to make it feasible and effective.Development of Forestry is a pre-requisite for balanced and sustained development and growth in Agriculture, Industry, Education, Health and Defence etc. Forest-based building construction material, pulp, paper and paper products and innumerable inductrial and railway uses of timber are main urgent requirements of Pakistan. In addition, extension linear and compact forests are indispensable for providing much needed shelter to our crops and fruits growers, for obtaining high yields on sustained bass and for protecting our watersheds for ensuring regular supply of clean water in our rivers.

The proposed plan of action for forestry lacks clear cut thrust and comprehension. It has rather weak relevance with basic objectives. Many vital ingredients of a viable action plan are largely missing in this case. Bulk of responsibilities have been assigned to provincial forest departments who are capable of doing job only on limited areas in state forests. Privatization has been almost totally ignored. No workable comprehensive mechanism has been proposed for educating, attracting and involving millions of farmers, private citizens and entrepreneurs and involving millions of farmers, private citizens and entrepreneurs etc. there is no provision for higher educating for generating required expertise and no programme for research for discovering solutions to numerous ever-growing problems. Similarly development of accessible and attractive markets and establishment of tree-based industries have been totally neglected. Development of Range Management has been altogether missed in the action plan, although rangelands occupy about 2/3rd of Pakistan’s land area and a mere 1-2% improvement in rangelands can have a tremendous impact on total production in the country. It seems that role of cooperatives has been over exaggerated at this stages of development.

In our opinion, most of this action plan needs to redesigned to make it feasible and effective.

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