By Jagdish Chander Dagar, Anil Kumar Singh, Ayyanadar Arunachalam

Agroforestry, the notice coined in early seventies, has made its position in the entire built and the constructing international locations of the realm and is now famous as a huge method of making sure meals safeguard and rebuilding resilient rural environments. India has been an all-time chief in agroforestry. The South and Southeast Asia quarter comprising India is frequently defined because the cradle of agroforestry. just about all sorts of agroforestry platforms exist throughout India in ecozones starting from humid tropical lowlands to high-altitude and temperate biomes, and perhumid rainforest zones to parched drylands. the rustic ranks ideal one of the neighborhood of countries not just by way of this huge, immense range and lengthy culture of the perform of agroforestry, but in addition in fostering clinical advancements within the topic. Agroforestry applies to non-public agricultural and wooded area lands and groups that still contain hugely erodible, flood-prone, economically marginal and environmentally delicate lands. the common state of affairs is agricultural, the place bushes are extra to create wanted advantages. Agroforestry enables the diversification of farm actions and makes larger use of environmental assets. due to a rise within the inhabitants of human and farm animals, there's expanding call for of nutrition in addition to fodder, really in constructing international locations like India. to date, there's no coverage that offers with specifics in agroforestry in India. yet, the Indian Council of Agricultural learn has been discussing at the scope of getting a countrywide Agroforestry coverage in applicable systems. notwithstanding, evolving a coverage calls for solid and trustworthy datasets from varied corners of the rustic at the subject material. This synthesis quantity containing thirteen chapters is an try and collate to be had details in a labeled demeanour into assorted process ecologies, difficulties and strategies, and converging them right into a coverage support.

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2002). The silvopastoral and agri-silviculture systems provided best mechanism for conservation in Shiwalik hills. The soil loss and runoff under 36 S. D. Kashyap et al. 5 Multipurpose tree species (MPTs) of Northwestern Himalayan region S. No. Name of species Climatic zone Altitudinal range (m amsl) 2000–3500 \1000 Method of planting Uses 1. 2. Abies pindrow Acacia auriculaeformis A. catechu SL DS, SL Timber, packing cases, plywood, pulp, and paper Timber, fuel, ornamental \1200 DS, SL A. nilotica Acer acuminatum A.

Low altitude subtropical zone Himachal Pradesh Uttrakhand ii. Mid to high altitude intermediate zone iii. Valley temperate zone and mid to high altitude zone iv. Cold arid zone (High hills dry temperate zone) i. Low hills subtropical zone ii. Mid-hills subhumid zone iii. High hills temperate wet zone iv. High hills dry temperate zone i. Babhar and tarai zone and subtropical low hills zone ii. Hill zonea (a) Mid-hill subhumid zone (b) High hills temperate zone (c) High hill dry temperate zone Tentative altitudinal ranges (m amsl) B1000 Approximate area (000 ha) Districts/parts of the state 1551 Jammu, Kathua, Udhampur, and parts of Doda and Rajouri districts 1000–2000 1482 2000–3000 (\1200 Kashmir valleys) [3000 1472 Poonch and major part of Rajouri, Anantnag, Pulwama, part of Doda district Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara and part of Anantnag, Pulwama, Budan, and Poonch 17719 Kargil, Leh, upper riches of Doda, Anantnag, Baramulla.

During the 9-year-study period, the average annual monsoon rainfall was about 1000 mm and it caused 347 mm runoff and 39t ha-1 soil loss due to erosion every year from fallow plots. The runoff and soil loss were reduced by 27 and 45 %, respectively by contour cultivation of maize (Zea mays). 5 t ha-1). This reduction in erosion was primarily due to the barrier effect of trees or hedgerows and micro-terraces formed through sediment deposition along the contour barriers. Such vegetative measures, that are productive while being protective, offer viable alternative for erosion control in areas with gentile slopes of the valley region.

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