Agroforestry in the arid zones of India

TitleAgroforestry in the arid zones of India
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1987
AuthorsShankarnarayan, KA, Harsh, LN, Kathju, S
JournalAgroforestry Systems
Date PublishedMarch 1987
Keywordsagroforestry; arid lands; forestry; Khejri (Prosopis cineraria); sand dune stabilization; shelterbelts; silvopastoral systems; Zizyphus Mauritiana ('Ber')

The arid regions of India cover over 300,000 km2 and are spread over six States, mostly in the northwestern parts of the country. In spite of the hostile environmental conditions, several indigenous agroforestry practices are being practised in this region. The Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI) has made considerable progress in improving these indigenous practices and also developing new land use technologies some of which involve agroforestry approaches. Notable among these include sand-dune stabilization, shelterbelt plantations, tree planting techniques in difficult land forms, silvopastoral and agrisilvicultural systems, introduction and improvement of fruit trees and other indigenous trees, etc. Some of these technologies are adopted on a large scale by farmers in the arid zone of India, and have attracted international attention in other arid parts of the world. This paper is a summary of the results of these agroforestry initiatives of CAZRI.

Journal Abbreviation

Agroforest Syst


0167-4366; 1572-9680

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