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CTA. 1990. Roadside agroforestry. Spore 25. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Landless villagers in North-west Bangladesh are using roadside verges and other wasteland areas for agroforestry. One kilometre of roadside plantation is giving villagers a net profit of about $200 per year. Proshika Manobik Unnayan Kendra, a...
Landless villagers in North-west Bangladesh are using roadside verges and other wasteland areas for agroforestry. One kilometre of roadside plantation is giving villagers a net profit of about $200 per year. Proshika Manobik Unnayan Kendra, a Bangladeshi NGO, is helping groups of landless people to invest part of their savings in agroforestry and has smoothed the way with adjoining landowners and the local administration. Proshika groups have selected three main species of trees for roadside agroforestry: Acacia nilotica, mahogany and mulberry. Six months after planting, mulberry leaves can be harvested for sericulture, while A.nilotica is ready in little more than a year for timber and thinnings can be harvested for firewood and fodder earlier. The mahogany is a longer-term, high-value timber tree. Under the trees the villagers have planted perennial pigeon pea, sweet pumpkin, turmeric and sungrass for thatching. In one locality, Proshika has obtained five-year leases from the local administration for about 80km of roadsides. However, it is still not certain whether the local council will agree to trees being cut down in the long term. So, until long-term tenure can be secured, people are reluctant to participate on a larger scale. Despite this agroforestry offers short-term benefits that conventional forestry is unable to do. Winrock International- PO Box 7006 - Dhaka 12/2 - BANGLADESH
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