Forest business includes all activities from production to distribution of forest goods and services. It embraces industry, industry, trade and other activities like banking, transport, Insurance and warehousing which facilitates which facilitates production and distribution of goods and services. Forestry in India is a significant rural industry and a major environmental resource. India is one of the ten most forest-rich countries of the world along with the Russian Federation, Brazil, Canada, United States of America, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Australia, Indonesia, and Sudan. Forestry in India is more than just about wood and fuel. India has a thriving non-Wood forest products industry, which produces latex, gums, resins, essential oils, flavors, fragrances, and aroma chemicals incense sticks, handicrafts, thatching materials and medicinal plant about 60% of non-wood forest products production is consumed locally . About 50% of the total revenue from the forestry industry in India is in non-wood forest products category. In 2002, non-wood forest products were a source of significant supplemental income to over 400 million people in India, mostly rural This book deals with into some of the basic principles and practices of forest business management. The book has been written with a view to cover the broad syllabus prescribed on the subject in various forestry colleges, forestry training institutes and Agricultural Universities in India. This will serve as a valuable source of information for the academicians in forestry colleges and institutes and also for the undergraduate and post graduate student for the preparation of competitive examinations in forestry discipline.
Dr. GIRISH B. SHAHAPURMATH, M.Sc. (Forestry) Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Forest Management Department of Natural Resource Management College of Forestry, Sirsi-581 401, Karnataka University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, India E-mail: email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org Specialization in Silviculture and Agro forestry, Forest Management, Remote Sensing and GIS.o Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Extension and Management (PGDAEM) by MANAGAE, Hyderabad during 2014-15. o Post raduate Diploma Computer Applications (PGDCA) by InfoTech Computer Education and Manipal Institute of Computer Education (MICE) during 2008-09. o Total 16 years of experience in the field of forestry (Teaching, Research and Extension). o Presently working as Assistant Professor of Forest Management in Department of Natural Resource Management at College of Forestry, SIRSI (University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka (India). o Recipient of "Outstanding Scientist Award" in Forestry by The Society of Tropical Agriculture, New Delhi, India in 7th International Conference on Agriculture, Horticulture and Plant Sciences held at Shimla (H. P.) during June 28-29, 2018. o Recipient of "Best Teacher Award-2016" for outstanding contribution in the field of Forestry on the occasion of International Conference on "Rural Livelihood Improvement by Enhancing Farmers' Income through Sustainable Innovative Agri and Allied Enterprises (RLSIAAe)" organized by the Society for Upliftment of Rural Economy, Varanasi (India) during 30th October to 1st November, 2018 held at Birla Institute of Technology, Patna. o Recognized as a Life Member for the "Society for Upliftment of Rural Economy, Varanasi (Membership No. LM/245/2018). o First prize for Best Poster Presentation on Multistoried Cropping of Teak-perennial vegetables- legume based Agro forestry system Presented in National Symposium (Silver Jubilee) on "Agro forestry Knowledge for Sustainability, Climate Moderation and Challenges Ahead" held at National Research Centre for Agro forestry, Jhansi (UP) from 15-17 December, 2008. o First Prize for Best Poster presentation on "Forest Law and Models" presented in "National Kaanoonu Utsava" Exhibition held at Sirsi from 07.06.2014 to 06.07.2014 organized by Karnataka High Court, Bengaluru and District Law Service, Karwar and Bar Association, Sirsi. o Worked as Principal Investigator and CO-Principal Investigator for 10 Research Projects. o Field of interest - Silviculture and Agro forestry, Forest Management and Policy, Sustainable Forest Management, Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System in Forestry. o Developed the course materials as reference books and for competitive exams, such as ASRB, IFS, ACF, RFO, KPSC, etc., in the field of forestry for students' purpose. o Attended more than 15 Trainings/Summer/Winter schools, short courses, Seminars, Workshops, Conferences and undergone Agricultural Massive Open Online Courses (Ag MOOC). o Published more than 100 publications including Research papers in NAAS rated journal/Research notes/Papers presented and published in symposium/seminar/conference/workshop/Training/ international conference/Popular articles published in journals/ newspapers/Books/chapters in books.