Indian state of Gujarat leads the way in agroforestry

The success of the Indian state of Gujarat in implementing social forestry and agroforestry programs is outlined in an article on the website, All Voices.

Since the 1970s, the state has encouraged the planting of trees on farms, wastelands, roadsides, canals, schools and other government lands. The initiatives have seen Gujarat move from being a food deficit to a food surplus state.

The social forestry program has been aimed at improving tree resources, increasing green cover and providing timber, fuel wood and fodder to complement supplies from forest areas. The more recent incorporation of agroforestry has focused on producing high quality seedlings than can be supplied to farmers.

In the district of Anand, access to irrigation has seen agroforestry flourish. Agroforestry has become one of the main economic activities for farmers in the district who sell timber from the trees. Anand now has the highest density of trees in non-forest areas in India.

The government of Gujarat is now looking to innovations and technologies that can further increase the productivity of agroforestry in the state so that both the rural economy and environment can benefit.

Read the full story: Social Forestry, a model sector in Gujarat