ICFRE Current Affairs
The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) and Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council (TIFAC) have signed MoU to provide livelihood opportunities and augment income of forest based communities. The MoU will be valid for period of 10 years.
Features of MoU
- Prioritization of technologies developed by ICFRE in consultation with stakeholders.
- Patent searching and filing in field of forestry and allied subjects.
- Identify technology gaps and commercialization of technologies.
- Forest based technologies extension and transfer through stakeholder consultations.
- Create IPR awareness in field of forestry and environment including wood science and allied subjects for ICFRE and its institutes.
The MoU will help to open up gate of synergy and collaboration between two organisations in areas of forest technology, extension and commercialization to various stakeholder including farmers, industries and others. It will assist industries to optimize utilization of forest based resources with access of technology to different users. Through this collaboration, TIFAC will help ICFRE to refine and up-scale the technologies developed, take technologies to end users including farmers, state forest departments, forest based industries and forest dependent communities in more effective manner.
It is autonomous council under Department of Science and Technology. It was established as a registered Society in February 1988. It is mandated to assess state-of-art of technology and set directions for future technological development in India in important socio-economic sectors. It is headquartered in New Delhi.
ICFRE is autonomous organisation under Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC). It is headquartered in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Its mandate is to conduct forestry research, transfer technologies developed to states and other user agencies and to impart forestry education.
Three institutes of Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun have developed 20 high-yielding varieties of plant species.
These three institutes are Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun Tropical Forest Research Institute (TFRI), Jabalpur and Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB), Coimbatore.
ICFRE’s Variety Releasing Committee (VRC) has granted approval for the release of these varieties of plant species. These developed varieties had gone through stringent long field trials and testing before release.
- FRI, Dehradun: It has developed 10 improved varieties of Melia dubia (popularly known as Dreake or Malabar Neem) and 3 clones of Eucalyptus tereticornis, the timber of which is in high demand in the industry.
- The HYV cultivars of Melia have high productivity per unit area, with an average of 34.57 cubic metre per hectare per annum (cm/h/a). It is a desirable characteristic for plywood industry.
- The HYV varieties of Eucalyptus have average recorded productivity as 19.44 (cm/h/a), against the present productivity 5-7 (cm/h/a). They are also resistant to wall gasp and pink disease.
- IFGTB, Coimbatore: It has developed five inter-specific hybrids of Casuarina equisetifolia X Casuarina junghuhniana for timber use.
- TFRI, Jabalpur: It has developed two varieties of medicinal plant Rauvolfia serpentina.
About Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE)
- Dehradun based ICFRE was established as an autonomous organisation under Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC).
- It carries out the holistic research on forestry species, transfer technologies developed to the states and other user agencies and imparts forestry education.
- There are 9 research institutes and 4 advanced centres under ICFRE to cater to the research needs of different bio-geographical regions.
- They actively engaged in improvement of plantation tree species to improve, quality, yield and productivity to meet the demand for domestic consumption by industries.