Impact of social forestry program of Proshika on socio-economic development of the beneficiaries.
The study was carried out under Proshika Social Forestry Program at Dhamrai upazilla, Dhaka district of Bangladesh during May to June 2007 to examine the impacts of Roadside Social Forestry Program (RSFP) on socio-economic conditions of the beneficiaries. Six different types of tree species of which 84 percent were exotic were planted by the respondent farmers. Forty percent of the respondents cultivated different agricultural crops in association with trees at initial stage of tree establishment. Before RSFP 34 percent of the respondent annual income was low which decreased to 6 percent and only 10 percent of them annual income was high which increased to 32 percent after completion of RSFP. Average total income from RSFP was Tk.13,988. Average annual income of the respondents increased from Tk. 49,052 to Tk. 69,172 after selling the final products in which contribution from RSFP was about 20%. Average annual savings of the respondents increased from Tk.5700 to Tk.10000 after completion of RSFP.