Andhra Paper Limited (formerly known as International Paper APPM Limited) has been one of the pioneers in the shifting of focus from natural forest to Farm Forestry. It not only proved to be a catalyst in reduction of deforestation, thereby increasing the green cover overall, but it also worked as a boon in the life of farming community by providing them a strong, safe and stable alternate livelihood, especially in the areas predominated by barren and non-fertile soils. Andhra Paper Limited is highly thankful and grateful to all the stakeholders who have shown interest towards company's activities. It has also been one of the few stewards in the country to be awarded FSC certificate in its own name. It acquired the coveted FSC FM certificate in 2014.
From 2nd Surveillance Audit Andhra Paper Limited has divided its plantation area into four zones instead of five zones. By the year 2017, FarmForestry initiative of Andhra Paper Limited spread to Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, East Godavari, West Godavari, Khammam, Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh/ Telangana State. Further districts may be added after due assessments of wood procurement potential and feasibility for the Mill, as and when the need is felt.The program provides a means of survival for the small farmers, and improves the socio-economic status of their communities. In return, Andhra Paperattempts to source its raw materials in form of pulpwood in a sustainable and responsible forest management.
Earlier Andhra Paper Limited was focusing only on Casuarina spp. in its FSC FM certification. However, in 2016, before the 2nd Surveillance Audit, the company took a step forward and added Subabul and Eucalyptus spp. in the certificate.IPAPPM thencovered considerable areas of both Subabul and Eucalyptus to spread awareness and establish FSC FM principles and their benefits to the concerned farming communities.
In the year 2018, IPAPPM has distributed quality sapling of 346.2lakhto farmer beneficiaries and thus aided in development of3412.25ha of pulpwood plantations.
The detail of these beneficiaries as follows.
|S. No||Zone Name||Species||No Of Farmers||Total No of sapling Distributed (in Lakh Ha.)||Area Under Plantation (Ha.)|
Harvesting has already been undertaken in the plantations of year 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. For total of 7,08,523 MT of FSC-100% wood has been procured till 31st December,2018.The continual increase in the percentage of FSC 100% wood over total procurement YoY shows the level of commitment by the team. The details are as follows:
|S. No||Year||Procurement (MT)||Percentage of total sourcing|
By the end of 2017, Andhra Paper finalized and rolled out its long term fiber sustainability plan looking towards the volatile Indian market of pulpwood and the demand and supply imbalances and its consequence on the business. After rounds of discussions across different levels in the Organization, a few major way forwards have been decided and work began:
1. Bring in the entire annually required wood source within 150 km radius of the Company by extensive promotion.
2. Intense focus on R&D (in-house and external agency tie up) for continually emerging superior clones and seed sources for the benefit of farmer and reduction in production, cultivation and harvesting expenditure.
Towards this vision, the action began already in 2018 and new generation clones have arrived and being produced in commercial scale.
Through its CSR activities,Andhra Paper aims to aid 100 schools till 2018 under project Kshitija in which solar lamps have been distributed to the children. Project Ekko Talz is also going on to benefit the handicraft artisans in which training has been done to these people. Andhra Paper has also provided safe drinking water to its nearby villages. Under project Harita, the women and Adolescent girls of the areas of operation have been trained to enhance skills and quality production of seedlings.
On March 14, 2018 fee support cheque for the year 2017-18 was handed over to APPM School by Mr Don Devlin. The fee support program called Project Saathi is an employee donation activity which is given to students of APPM Model High School who are in the danger of becoming school drop-outs due to socio-economic conditions. 40 such students were supported this year through Project Saathi donations. Also present at the event were Mr C Prabhakar, Mr Anish Matthew, Mr Sura Reddy, Mrs Madhusree Vemuru and several other senior employees. The students presented a skit that highlighted the positive impact of Project Saathi.
All above information is true as per Andhra Paper Limited management. Stakeholders and general public can verify the above information at Andhra Paperhead office as well in Zonal offices.
Ushnish Chattopadhyay (Group Manager)