A Half-yearly Peer Reviewed Journal of Bangladesh Forest Research Institute

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The paper compares the economic performance of Eucalyptus camaldulensis
plantations of different ages. The price ofsawn timber per cubic metre was found
to be Tk. 4,076 to 8,828 (1 USS = 48.71 Tk.). The fuelwood was usually sold at a price
ranging from Tk. 915 to 1,677 per ton. The staking, felling and logging costs were
Tk. 864, 686 and 1,431 per hectare respectively. The IRRs were 22.87, 20.66,20.57,
39.13, 27.58, 12.67 and 59.81% for Dinajpur (rural Charkai), Dinajpur (urban
Charkai),Sylhet(Chawtali), Sylhet(Lawachara),Tangail(Charaljani), Mymemsingh
(Santoshpur) and Cox’s Bazar (Chainda) respectively at 10 years rotations. For
Dinajpur and Tangail, the NPVs were found to be negative for the 5th, 6th and
7th rotation ages


The Community Forestry Project, undertaken in 1981 was the first governmentinitiated
and large-scale participatory forestry management programme in Bangladesh.
Under this project the participants were promised 50 percent share from the sales
proceeds of final tree harvest in addition to 100 percent of all other benefits generated .
from agricultural crops, thinning materials and pruning. In 1993 five agroforestry plots,
each having an area of 1.21 hectares of land were harvested at Madhyapara, Dinajpur.
Although rotation was planned for a period of seven years trees were actually felled one
year later. It has been the country’s first logged-over area under participatory approach.
Half of the sales proceeds was distributed to the participants. This example inspired both
the participants and the Forest Department.
Financial viability of the system has been explained in terms of internal rate of
return, benefit-cost ratio and present net worth under three situations, viz. a) financial
viability of the whole system, b) financial gain of the participants, and c) financial gain
of the Forest Department. While the system as a whole is found to be highly prospective,
the results also show that the benefits generated to both the participants and the Forest
Department are also much encouraging. A sensitivity analysis allowing probable variations
in cost and benefits reveals no financial risk of the system under any criteria. Social
impacts of the project and some problems have been pointed out.

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