Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

Steep rise in timber prices.

Abstract

An introduction considers the heavy deforestation that has occurred in India during development and urbanization. Data are presented showing prices obtained for timber sales (public auctions) of 10 important species from 1970 to 1985, at Dandeli, one of the major timber depots in Karnataka. The av. increase in price is about 15-fold, compared with a general price increase over the period of 3-fold. The increase was slow in the period 1970-75, faster in 1975-80, and very rapid in 1980-85. Species other than teak have assumed a greater importance in the last 15 yr, as shown by their steeper rise in price. Taking a base figure of 100 in 1970, comparative figures in 1985 are: rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) 1552; teak 1010; matti (Terminalia tomentosa) 1884; jampa (Xylia delabrifounis [X. dolabriformis]) 2452; nandi (Lagerstroemia lanceolata) 1663; kindal (T. paniculata) 1345; dhaman (Grewia tilaefolia [G. tiliifolia]) 977; heddi (Adina cordifolia) 1600; honne (Pterocarpus marsuplum [P. marsupium]) 1169; and other forest timbers 1851. Strong recommendations are made for increased wood production, increased efficiency of utilization and preservation of wood already in use.