Farmers in India who grow Eucalyptus and Poplar trees alongside traditional crops have been shown to increase their net profits by 2.5 to 3 times within 7 years.
An article in The Times of India reports on a recent survey conducted by the forest department in Bareilly district in the State of Uttar Pradesh, northern India.
The survey found that when farmers use clonal Eucalyptus and Poplar plants, they realize the same net profit increase in just 4 years. If sugarcane is grown in these systems then the profit goes up by 5 times.
One of the main reasons for the high profits is the high demand for wood from plywood industries, explains Dharam Singh, divisional forest officer, Bareilly.
The trees are grown in agroforestry systems around or among traditional crops like wheat and barley.
In addition to providing increased income to farmers, Bamboo, Eucalyptus and Poplar trees provide shelter to animals like blackbuck, Cheetah and Nilgai (antelope). Evidence suggests the trees have increased the population of many species of deer in the area.
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