Beyond the scientific flavor, Agroforestry is a hybrid farming mechanism and livestock cultivation along with the forest supported plants. Agroforestry, apart from providing the economic benefits, also results in more diverse, healthy, and sustainable land-utilization system.Farmland trees can provide many products such as timber, fodder, fuel-wood, medicines, and oils. It also helps to conserve soil, enhance soil fertility,and provide shelter belts for crops and fruit trees. Trees provide Read more..
According to a World Bank report (2004), approximately 60 million indigenous people are almost wholly dependent on forests. 350 million people depend on forests for a high degree for subsistence and income, and about 1.2 billion people rely on agroforestry farming systems. This population fail to make decent living, cannot afford regular nutritious food, do not have adequate shelter or access to health services and have no access to safe drinking-water. In adopting the Millennium Development Read more..
Climate change has brought about a paradigm shift in the way agroforest segment is perceived.Plantation sector has been getting a lot of visibility considering the increasing demand for raw material and the dwindling supply from the natural forests. Plantations have witnessed a myriad variety of species but the most common ones are pines, acacias, eucalypts, teak and poplar. Economic upswing, climatic change, emission regulations and changing human landscape has seen a blurring of lines betwe Read more..
Waste and waste management has been an integral part of our lives. With the evolution of human species, the variety and toxicity of wastes have also multiplied. In the absence of a scientific and practical waste management system, wastes can pose a serious threat to our existence. While wastes can be labeled as Urban or rural, Industrial or agricultural, Hazardous or Bio-medical waste, their proximity to our living space and the capacity to permeate our groundwa Read more..
Our breathing space has been taken for granted for centuries, and the results are for all to see. Our lungs have rebelled against the flagrant pollution of our ambient atmosphere. Sulphur, Carbon, Nitrogen, Chlorine and other gases have reached disproportionate levels of discomfort – and their oxidized compounds have transformed the ambient air into a chemical graveyard. Ambient air is at the receiving end from so many quarters – factories, power plants, d Read more..
It has been a one-way traffic till now – with mankind extracting unscrupulously and feverishly from the terrestrial resources. While the life-sustaining nutrients are being sapped away from the fruitful layers of the soil, callous and unscientific chemical injection have rendered the soil barren and toxic in most places. Soil erosion, deforestation and unhindered construction activities have resulted in an ecosystem which is fragile and unstable – both for f Read more..
Its a very disappointing statistics – Water, which covers 70% of the Earth’s surface is slowly getting into the category of ‘endangered species’.Once pristine bodies of water have been annihilated and infected beyond recognition by the human species.Sewage and fertilizer conduits are dumping nitrates and phosphates into our lakes and rivers – leading to an unmanageable growth of plants and algae. These parasitic plants suck up all th Read more..