India’s cricket bat supply threatened as Kashmiri farmers turn to plywood industry over willow

ABC News Australia
October 14, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Lines of shops display neat stacks of willow wood in Indian-controlled Kashmir’s Sangam village. Behind the shops are small manufacturing units, where that willow is hand-made into cricket bats sold around the world. …Kashmir’s dwindling willow plantations are impacting the region’s famed cricket bat industry, and risking the supply of cricket bats in India, where the sport is hugely followed. The industry employs more than 10,000 people and manufactures nearly 1 million bats every year. …Tens of thousands of towering willow trees were introduced to the picturesque Himalayan region by the British in the early 19th century to maintain the supply of firewood during Kashmir’s harsh winters. However, over the years, farmers in the region have been planting poplars in place of willows. The faster-growing poplar tree is preferred by the booming plywood industry. 

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