Agroforestry is the management and integration of trees, crops and other livestock on the same piece of land and it can be an integral component of productive agriculture. lt may Include existing native forests and that forests are establised [man made forests] by land holders. lt is a flexible Concept involving both small or marginal and large sized land holdings.
Agroforestry has a lot in combination with intercropping with both practices placing and interaction between different plant species at different heights. Agroforestry and intercropping as a multistoried cropping can result in higher yields and reduced operational costs. Over the past two decades,a number of studies have been carried out analysing the viability of agroforesty. The combined research has highlighted that agroforesty can reap substantial benefits both economically and environmentally. They can control runoff and soil erosion there by reducing loss of fertile soil, soil organic matter and nutrients present in top soil . On the environmental level agroforestry is ability to help prevent soil erosion while simultaneously aiding water retention and promote soil fertility and water holding capacity of a soil could help to provide a solution for areas where rainfall is irregular. on the other hand this concept facilitate the judicial utilization of land, balanced maintenance of natural resources .
By Team - SMART YIELDS