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5 BENCHMARK SURVEYS FOR: MINING PROPS INDUSTRY SAW MILLING INDUSTRY WOOD-BASED INDUSTRY AND PUBLIC OPINION Prepared by: National Management Consultants (Pvt) Ltd. This Report comprises of 8 chapters as summarized below: CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION: Pakistan is poor in forestry, more so is the Province of Sindh. Recognizing the need to revitalize forest resources, the Government of Pakistan requested the Asian Development Bank for financial assistance which was approved and a project came into existence under the Sindh Forest Department in the name of Sindh Forest Development Project aiming at a two-fold objective of reforestation and afforestation in five Districts of Sindh primarily for improving supply of timber for the industry and fuelwood consumption by the rural population. In order to be able to design and plan project interventions now and to assess the impact of these at a future date, five surveys were designed and conducted to gather baseline data to serve as benchmark position. The surveys were conducted in November-December 1992, with the limitations that the law and order situation had just turned the corner, the army operation was still continuing and the target interviewees were not a literate lot. The First Draft Final Report was submitted in March 1993 and after review with the Project Director it was decided to revise it to add some qualitative data as well. It is necessary to understand that the purpose of this study is to gather baseline data to act as benchmark at this point time therefore, the data will be essentially primary in nature, may appear in isolation and the report may not present a sectoral description. CHAPTER 2 RESEARCH DESIGN: The research design corresponds with the two phases of the study i.e. the first phase and the supplementing phase. In the supplementing phase emphasis was more on qualitative information and therefore there was less use of structured questionnaires and more of techniques like Person-to- Person Interviewing, Rapid Assessments and Workshops. The scope of work was also expanded to include the entire wood-based industry, timber and furniture markets in urban Sindh including Karachi, and carrying out investigations in upper Sindh, which falls outside the study parameters. In the first phase, fundamentally a field survey based methodology was employed consisting of orientation and then secondary and primary data collection. Four separate surveys were conducted individually referred to as, Wood-based Industries Survey, Saw Mills Survey, Mining Props/ Middlemen Survey and the General Public Opinion Survey, Samples of 20, 20, 3 and 300 were drawn from each of the above respectively. Stratification by five identified districts was aimed at and using within a stratum, a convenience based random sampling was done. Structured questionnaires were administered by field staff trained in conducting socio-economic surveys. Data was subjected to stringent controls, processed on computer-based data processing system and analyzed for reporting. CHAPTER 3 MINING PROPS Mining props or pits are posts used in the mining operations. These are round and straight and classified into two types on the basis of size. Those with length around or less than 6 feet are supporting props and the rest are main props which may be as much as 12 feet in length and 16 inches in girth. Planks are also used in mines as headboards and are produced by many prop dealers. Mining props producers are found in lower Sindh as well as in upper Sindh. They supply to the mines of Sindh as well as Balochistan. Acacia Nilotica is used for props. Hurry grown is more widely used. The hurry for props is harvested in 6 years. The prop producers carry out a series of activities starting from cutting of the trees. The prices of the props depend on length, girth and quality ranging from Rs8 per piece to Rs40 per piece. The production costs and the selling prices are such that most prop producers make a good profit and are happy in their business. It is estimated that 60,000 to 75,000 truckloads of props are produced every year and an equivalent of 20,000 to 25,000 acres of hurries are consumed in their production. CHAPTER 4 WOOD-BASED INDUSTRY Only hardboard, chipboard and matches are manufactured with indigenous timber. The hardboard industry consumes or requires about 45,000 tons of waste wood or firewood as raw material. Of this 95% is Acacia Nilotica. The chipboard-producing units in Sindh use Mango and require about 17,000 tons per year. The match industry uses Poplar from NWFP. The match factories in Sindh consume about 630,000 Maunds or approximately, 24,000 tons. There are 7 units manufacturing Plywood in Sindh. All of them use alien species including Teak, Marsawa and Douglas Fir. The pencil industry uses 5 mm thick slates of Cedar imported from USA. The boat industry uses imported Teak and indigenous species in equal proportions. CHAPTER 5 TIMBER & FURNITURE INDUSTRY IN URBAN SINDH Karachi and Hyderabad were taken as representing urban Sindh. There are two main centers of timber trade in Karachi city. One of them located at Old Haji Camp is the biggest in the country. These are also the main sawing centers of the city. In the Karachi timber markets, many species of imported wood are sold including Teak, Golden Teak, Marsawa, Oak and Chalgoza. Among the local species, Dalbergia Sissoo is in most demand. The Karachi market uses 60% imported wood, 20% NWFP, 15% Punjab and 5% Sindh wood. This does not include wood coming for fuel purposes. The Karachi timber markets handle about 6 million cft of timber of different species in a year out of which 2.4 million could be indigenous. It is estimated that about 40 to 45 trucks of firewood, mainly Acacia, also arrive in Karachi everyday from Sindh. No Eucalyptus comes to Karachi although it was found to be used for some purposes in rural Sindh. In the Karachi furniture market, of the wood consumed in furniture, 50% is Sheesham (Dalbergia) followed by Teak, Pine Oak and others all in more or less the same ratio of 10%. Most of the Sheesham is of Punjab origin. In Hyderabad, more expensive species are less used than in Karachi. Of the wood used in furniture, which is 20% of the raw material used in furniture, 43% is Sheesham of which 40% is of Sindh origin. The furniture sector in Hyderabad consumers about 0.16 million cft of timber in a year. CHAPTER 6 FURNITURE INDUSTRY IN RURAL SINDH Included in the definition are manufacturers of items and articles made from wood. The findings of the survey indicated variety of products being manufactured by manufacturing units of various sizes, profiles and outlooks. Most of them manufactured beds and doors using mostly the specie Acacia Nilotica followed by Dalbergia Sissoo. Furniture was low period and most manufacturers could not quantify their annual or periodic raw material requirements, future needs and their capacities to produce. Their major constraint was raw material quality as stated by them followed by energy interruptions. Most respondents purchased their raw material in cut-to-size from saw mills indicating their lack of inventory carrying capacity. The respondents suggested SFD to produce Acacia Nilotica, Dalbergia Sissoo, Neem and Mango, in that order of importance. The respondents opened that small financing facilities should be made available to their industry, power interruptions should be curtailed, law and order situation should be improved and the government should generally take keener interest in their industry. CHAPTER 7 SAW MILLS Sawmills cut (saw) the wood to various sizes. Most buy their own timber, saw and sell it; they may process or saw their customers’ wood; and rarely, they may process their customers’ wood and act their agent in selling it further on. All of them sated sawing Acacia Nilotica and many of them Dalbergia and Mango. The respondents either possessed large sawing capacities or very low capacities. Dalbergia was processed more by the large sized units and conversely. Acacia was sawn more by small sized units. Most of the respondents stated that they received their timber from the market. Most of the respondents achieved capacity utilizations of fifty percent and above. The large sized units had a better capacity utilization. Forms of their finally sawn wood are invariably planks, bams and pieces for firewood. They are permitted a certain rate of wastage which they sell to their own profit mostly as firewood at the rate of about Rs40/- per maund (32 KG). All saw mills were using out-dated and old machinery. The average manpower deployment in sawmills was four persons per unit. The sawmill owners commended that there was little business, a lack of skilled manpower and that the means of transportation of timber were not suitable. CHAPTER 8 PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY In the sample of general public, all categories of educational levels, occupations and ages were represented. More than 70% of the respondents appeared to realize the importance of trees – the ratio being higher in the educated groups. The respondents above the age of 15 seemed to be sharing similar views. The respondents were mostly aware of the popular species like Keekar (Acacia Nilotica), Sheesham (Dalbergia), Eucalyptus, Neem and Mango. But when it came to planting, which more than fifty percent sated doing, the species selection did not conform to species awareness pattern. Most educated people reported growing more Eucalyptus and least educated Acacia. In maintaining survival rates, most stated water availability as the major reason followed by soil care and water logging. However, a very small number of respondents had commented on survival rates. Around 76% respondents affirmed being aware of Sindh Forest Department and attributed their knowledge to the TV medium followed by Radio and then by print medium. Many respondents suggested setting up of more nurseries, planting trees through massive drives alongside the roads and proving guidance and service to the growers; some suggested enhancing the involvement of women in developing forestry.
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