If you have an acre of land in Karnataka that is conducive for the growth of sandalwood trees, planting its saplings today, can earn you a profit of ₹1 crore 15 years later. This investment opportunity came about only recently. Up until 2002, any sandalwood tree grown in state forests or on private lands automatically became the government’s property; which led to many owners destroying any unintended sandalwood saplings on their land. There were two reasons for this. The first was to avoid the daunting registration process and getting the tree marked by government officials for future use. Not registering the tree was an offence. This means, you had to protect a government asset on your land under any circumstance; should anything happen to it, you faced days of interrogation.
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