ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Role of Industries in Agroforestry

Development Shankar Ranganathan ALTHOUGH much has been said about reducing rural poverty, India's biggest problem, little has actually been done in this direction and that little seems to have only benefited the rich. Social forestry, also known as farm forestry or agroforestry, appears to offer a practical solution to rural poverty. A number of such projects could be started soon if land for them was made available. Nearly a hundred million hectares of degraded and, now lying useless could, if properly managed, be made to produce a variety of materials in great demand and in doing so, would employ a larger number of rural people at present unemployed or underemployed* It would also improve the environment. But social forestry is not gaining momentum except in the number of seminars about it So it may be worth investigating why this activity, which has so much potential, has not progressed beyond verbiage.

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