‘Manufacturing of paper no threat to forest cover’

NAGPUR: The Association on Monday dispelled the notion that manufacturing of paper was posing threat to trees and ecosystem as a whole, and claimed it was boosting the rural economy.

Addressing a press conference at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan, association president Aseem Bordia said it was sad that messages were doing the rounds on the social media comparing paper and plastic and asking to cut down use of paper to avoid depletion of forests. “In fact, paper is used as a medium for the noble cause of spreading knowledge and literacy,” he said.

“Indian paper industries do not cut forests for making paper. On the contrary, they plant more trees than they chop. They are actually increasing the country’s green cover,” he claimed.

Giving statistics to support his statement, Bordia said in India, 35% of the paper is produced by using waste paper and 42% by agro residues like cane, wheat and paddy straw. Only 23% of the paper is made of wood out of which much percentage is from imported wood .

Speaking about the revenue generated every duration through sustainable paper industry, he said, “Farmers are given programmes by the to grow trees and bamboo which give them good returns. Growing and harvesting trees provides jobs to lakhs of people, especially in rural areas and provides clean air, water and better wildlife habitat.”

In a move to aid the young generation get acquainted with paper industry, the association has announced to celebrate August 1 as National Paper Day.

Secretary Piyush Fatehpuria and core committee members emphasized on the eco-friendly aspect of and how it boosts the rural economy.

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