India announces agroforestry policy

12 February 2014

India has announced investments worth around US$30-40 million in its first ever national agroforestry policy designed to put more trees back in timber farms to benefit people and the environment.

India's National Advisory Council secretary, Rita Sharma, announced the policy during the World Congress on Agroforestry 2014 in New Delhi this week.

The considerable new investments will be made in research, extension and capacity building, in which greater industry involvement is also a major target.

“All the stakeholders can have their input,” said Sharma in a release made available to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

An estimated 65 percent of India’s timber and almost half of its fuel wood come from trees grown in farms. Agroforestry covers about 13.5 million hectares in India. Yet, the potential to expand it, especially with small marginal farmers, is enormous.

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