L.P No: 13/2019/R
Sandalwood is a class of woods from trees in the genus Santalum, botanical it is called as "santalum album”. The woods are heavy, yellow, and fine-grained, and, unlike many other aromatic woods, they retain their fragrance for decades, Sandalwoods are medium-sized hem parasitic tree.
Out of 195 countries in these world only Eight countries (India, Indonesia, Australia, New Caledonia, Fiji islands, Philippines, Srilanka, and Malaysia) has a suitable climate conditions for cultivation of sandal trees, that’s the reason sandalwood has a huge demand in the global market. Sandalwood plantations constitute a highly lucrative business. Globally, the sandalwood supplies are not able to match its rising demand.
In India, sandalwood is used for a variety of reasons: Making idols of gods and goddesses, furniture, medicine and religious purposes. Traditionally, the sandalwood was sourced from forests under strict government supervision and control. With large scale cutting down of sandalwood trees, illegal trade in sandalwood, and the rising demand for sandalwood imports from Australia, the government had to change its sandalwood policy. In 2001, government of India legalized the cultivation of sandalwood.