Arid Forest Research Institute

Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education
(An Autonomous Body of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt. of India)
 

Director's Message


It gives me immense pleasure to welcome you to the official website of Arid Forest Research Institute (AFRI), Jodhpur (Rajasthan). The Arid Forest Research Institute had come into existence on 30 June 1987 at Jodhpur, Rajasthan to cater to the forestry research needs of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu. The mandate of the Institute is "Forestry research for conservation of biodiversity and enhancement of bio-productivity in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, with special emphasis on arid and semi-arid regions".

The Institute is working on thrust areas mentioned on the homepage, which includes areas like Forest Ecology, Forest Genetics, Tissue culture, Moleculer Biology, Forest Silviculture, Forest Entomology and Pathology, Non-Wood Forest Products and Forest Extension & Agroforestry. The institute has been taking up projects covering all the thrust areas.

We have also focused on some burning issues of the state like - mortality of Khejari (Prosopis cineraria), Mass multiplication of endangered species -guggul (Commiphora wightii), Induction of resistance in Rohida (Tecomella undulata (Sm.) Seem), against stem canker, Afforestation of degraded lands, Reclamation of waterlogged area through Biodrainage, Biodiesels and medicinal plants to mention a few. The Institute has carried out research on the keystone tree species of Rajasthan and Gujarat viz. Azadirachta indica, Acacia niloticaProsopis cineraria, Tecomella undulata, Ailanthus excela, Dalbergia sissoo, Eucalyptus camaldulensis etc. Work on some of the recent subjects like climate change, carbon sequestration, value addition of NTFPs, molecular genetics, bioinformatics and biotechnology are also under progress. 

The research carried out by the Institute is being disseminated to the stakeholders through the Van Vigyan Kendras established in Rajasthan and Gujarat, by organizing the farmers trainings, displaying the research material in the various fetes, by organizing seminar & symposiums, through research publications in national & international journals and through the web portal. Young generation is being sensitized for environmental issues through 'Prakriti' programmes recently launched by ICFRE through an MOUs with KVS and NVS. To promote co-operation in complimentary research programmes in the identified areas of mutual interests AFRI is working with ICAR as per an MOU signed with ICFRE. The Institute also has a Cell of the FRI deemed university which registers the scholars for PhD in the field of forestry.

The Institute is in constant endeavor to carry out best possible research as per the needs of the areas under its jurisdiction. This website is an attempt to provide the users, with as much information as possible, about the research work carried by the Institute. I hope, the information given in the website will be of great help to the viewers. Suggestions for improving the website are welcome and may be given through email to me or the webmaster.

I promise you a better and more informative website in the future.


(M. R. Baloch) IFS 
Director, AFRI
 

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