Agroforestry publication helps farmers decide which trees, where, for what purpose

February 3, 2018 |

In India, a new book published by the Central Agroforestry Research Institute of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, and the World Agroforestry Centre, will help farmers and planners know where to plant which trees. The publication compiles characteristics of useful trees to complement agroforestry policy and speed up its adoption throughout India. The book identifies 25 agroforestry species based on their usefulness for timber, fuel, fodder, fruit, biofuel, raw material for industrial use and medicinal ingredients.

“Trees used in agroforestry systems are vital,” said Dr Om Prakash Chaturvedi, director of the Institute. “They reflect farmers’ choices as well as market demand. The Central Agroforestry Research Institute and All India Coordinated Research Project on Agroforestry identified important agroforestry tree species, which have been adopted by the National Agroforestry Policy and are expected to increase farmers’ use of agroforestry.”

 

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