Andhra to auc­tion seized red san­dal­wood

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

THE CEN­TRAL gov­ern­ment has per­mit­ted Andhra Pradesh to auc­tion half of its stock of seized red san­dal­wood through global ten­ders. The state has over 8,550 tonnes of the wood seized from smug­glers since 2002. Red san­ders is an en­dan­gered tree species found only in the forests of Chit­toor, Kadapa, Nel­lore and Kurnool dis­tricts of Andhra Pradesh and its sale is con­trolled by the Cen­tre. The tree has huge de­mand in coun­tries like China and Ja­pan for medicines, fur­ni­ture, mu­si­cal in­stru­ments and sculp­ture. A tonne of red san­ders costs more than ` 25 lakh in the global mar­ket. In­dia has a big net­work of red san­ders smug­glers who are in­creas­ingly at­tack­ing for­est of­fi­cials in Andhra Pradesh.

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