Ajay Modi / New Delhi May 21, 2009, 0:21 IST

A sharp drop in the prices of inputs like pulp, coal and chemicals from their last year

India has growing shortages of timber and wood-based products. Agro-forestry plantations promoted by wood-based industries and raised by a large number of small farmers and imports play a major role in bridging the demand supply gap. Private sector companies like Wimco and ITC have played a major role in promoting technology based high yielding clonal plantations under agro-forestry on commercial scale.