Agroforestry: A Decade of Development by H. A. Steppler, P. K. R. Nair

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However, it will be desirable to encourage tree plantation on farm boundaries, canal bunds, and poor patches of the farmland. In view of the enormous potential of agroforestry for promoting sustainable 36 AGROFORESTRY: A DECADE OF DEVELOPMENT production, there is a need to identify and remove the technological and socio-economic constraints limiting the spread of agroforestry. Some of the important challenges that require immediate attention are now discussed. Challenges Biological constraints To sustain agroforestry, it is important to strengthen our research efforts.

Large tracts of eroded wastelands in the Loess Plateau of China have been reclaimed by planting trees and using legumes as ground cover. Cheaper techniques such as planting tree seedlings in pits to which gypsum has been added can also be very useful in expanding agroforestry. There is a need for formulating land-use policies based on sound principles of ecology and economics in such areas. The Indian example, where the government has formed a National Land-Use and Wasteland Development Council headed by the Prime Minister, can be followed in countries with similar problems.

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