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Comparative ecological-economic analysis of growth performance of exotic Eucalyptus tereticornis and indigenous Dalbergia sissoo in mono-culture plantations

Jalota, R.K. and Sangha, K.K. (2000). Comparative ecological-economic analysis of growth performance of exotic Eucalyptus tereticornis and indigenous Dalbergia sissoo in mono-culture plantations<br />. Ecological Economics,33(3):487-495.

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Title Comparative ecological-economic analysis of growth performance of exotic Eucalyptus tereticornis and indigenous Dalbergia sissoo in mono-culture plantations
Author Jalota, R.K.
Sangha, K.K.
Journal Name Ecological Economics
Publication Date 2000
Volume Number 33
Issue Number 3
ISSN 0921-8009   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 487
End Page 495
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Field of Research 300000 Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences
Abstract This paper describes the comparative growth performance of and monetary returns for Eucalyptus tereticornis and Dalbergia sissoo plantations in northern India. The growth is analysed in terms of annual and relative growth rates of bole, crown and marketable heights and volumes, and diameter at breast height. The measurements were taken at 6–8 and 19–21 years of age. The economic gains are considered for five components, i.e. timber, fuel-wood, fodder, oil and ash. The old plantations of D. sissoo are found to be more sustainable in terms of growth performance and net monetary return. The total monetary gains estimated are Rs. 13.4 million per hectare in the case of D. sissoo, but only Rs. 7.4 million per hectare for E. tereticornis, even after including the value of all rotational crops possible within the 21-year life span. This integrated analysis challenges the long claimed forest policy that fast growing trees perform better than indigenous trees.
Keywords Eucalyptus tereticornis
Dalbergia sissoo
Mono-culture plantations
Ecological-economic analysis
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0921-8009(00)00133-6   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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