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Impact of Social Forestry Programme in Baramulla of Kashmir Valley

Mohammad Ajaz-ul-Islam

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A study was carried out in Ushkara village of Jehlum Valley Forest Division of Baramulla district in Kashmir valley where Social Forestry Programme was launched in 1991 aiming at popularization of tree consciousness among villagers, self-sufficiency in terms of fuel, fodder, timber and other non-timber forest products reduction of pressure in traditional forests and efficient utilization common lands. In order to assess the impact of Social Forestry Programme on its beneficiaries, a sample consisted of 137 beneficiaries, belonging to landless, marginal, small, medium and large land holding categories were selected randomly in proper proportions. Analysis of the benefit components revealed that the Social Forestry Programme has great impact on meeting tangible benefits to the beneficiaries. The programme was comparatively less effective in accruing intangible benefits to the beneficiaries. The overall level of impact of Social Forestry Programme on its beneficiaries was medium. There was significant difference in level of impact of Social Forestry Programme among various categories of beneficiaries

Keyword: Benefit accruement; Socia

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