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Agroforestry: A way to conserve MPTs in North Western Himalaya

Author Affiliations

  • 1Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan (ICAR), Almora-263601, INDIA
  • 2Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan (ICAR), Almora-263601, INDIA

Res. J. Agriculture & Forestry Sci., Volume 1, Issue (9), Pages 8-13, October,8 (2013)

Abstract

The North Western Himalayan region is rich in fodder tree species which are traditionally maintains in agriculture fields as an indigenous agro-forestry. The fodder produced from arable land alone, cannot support a large livestock population. Tree fodder is valuable in the hills particularly during winter and summer months when very less availability of green fodder in both quantity and quality. Agroforestry can be a good step to check deforestation and erosion in the hills. It can reduce the dependence on the forest by meeting the requirement of forage, timber and fuel wood locally. Agroforestry will help in Himalayan region to endorse the socio-economic improvement of the people of hills in harmony with safeguarding of ecological balance. In present paper a list of multipurpose tree species (MPTs) is presented with their concise description on their uses, nature and distribution, which are appropriate for agroforestry.

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