The governments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu as well as the Central Government will be involved in a series of minor but significant policy changes to enable and ease agroforestry for farmers.
Among the key policy changes that are needed to facilitate this change are:
- The need for a National Timber Board under the Ministry of Agriculture
- Easing felling and transport regulations on timber grown on private farmlands
- Moving to a ‘one nation one permit’ mode for transport and trade of timber
- Facilitating nursery infrastructure development, and extending Agroforestry benefits to farmers buying from non government approved nurseries.
The governments are also expected to support farmers by offering incentives for the first four years after plantation.