Kumar Takes Over OFDC

Odisha Forest Development Corporation (OFDC) is eyeing to cross Rs.1000 Crore Turnover Target with expansion in its Timber, Kenduleaf and Bamboo Business.

Chiarman OFDC Gagan Kumar Dhal held discussion with the new Managing Director of the Corporation, Rajiv Kumar, who has taken over on 1 August.

Mr.Kumar, 1987 Batch IFS Officer has taken over as Managing Director of the PSU Major after Jitendra Kumar was shifted to PCCF Office.

Chairman, Mr.Dhal and MD, Mr.Kumar held long discussions as to how to scale up the Timber and Bamboo Operations as there is huge scope in both the Business.

While Innovative Business Model is being worked out by the OFDC Management, several proposals are reaching the State PSU Major for expanding Business.

Recently Mutha Industries of Agartala has expressed interest in setting up Bamboo Based Industries in the State.

The Tripura based Industries is exploring usuability of Bamboo produced in Odisha as these products are qualitative and useful for the Industries, feel experts.

Experts have provided feed back that the usability of bamboo produced in Odisha is satisfactory  and the quality of Bamboo produced in the State could be used for making Bamboo Products in a big way.

Similalry scaling up the trade of Timber was discussed at length and the Team OFDC will be working out an innovative proposal of “Timber At Door Steps”.

As the demand of the Timber produced in other countries are growing, OFDC will be in touch with foreign countries in this regard, said sources.

Arrear stock of timber was reviewed and it was suggested that expeditious steps will be taken for disposal of old materials.

Kendu Leaf Trade Status for last five years was reviewed and it came to light that there is more scope to expand the business.

During 2018, it had been targeted that 80,000 quintals of Phal Kendu Leaves and Rs.234 Crore was released to PCCF Kenduleaf for collection of leaves.

The issue was reviewed and it was decided to take steps to improve collection of KL, said sources.

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