Monday, 15 August 2016

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Agroforestry meaning with proper definition and their advantages

It is a modified version of social forestry. Agroforestry is a system of land use where woody perennials are purposefully used on the same land where annual agricultural crops or animals or both are grown sequentially with the aim of obtaining greater outputs on a sustained basis. This, in fact, an ancient land use practice, where the same land is used for agriculture, forestry and animal husbandry.

 

The advantages of Agroforestry are:

1. Responds to population pressure.

2. It conserves the environment.

3. It produces-fodder, fuel crops and timber.

4. Use of multipurpose species, generating more employment.

5. Agroforestry can be encouraged to increase productivity of farm plots by using Nitrogen fixing trees.

6. Timber crops can be grown with food and cash crops.

7. In coffee and cocoa plantations, agroforesty is practiced by a multistoried cropping system. Where trees provide shade to cash crops below. Agroforestry, social forestry and community forestry have in common. Every village or town mush be able to meet firewood, fodder and small timber requirements by growing trees/shrubs in the land available in the cooperative system.