|Author:||Kareemulla, K. ; Rizvi, R. H. ; Kuldeep, Kumar ; Dwivedi, R. P. ; Ramesh, Singh|
|Book Group Author:||NA|
Poplar based agroforestry is one of the major commercial agroforestry systems practised by the farmers in Western Uttar Pradesh of India. In Saharanpur district which is near the markets for poplar wood, about 78 per cent of the sample farmers practise poplar-based bund/boundary systems while the rest use agrisilviculture. The tree density in poplar-based (Populus deltoides) bund/boundary system was 146 trees ha-1, as against 481 trees ha-1 in agrisilviculture. Additional income (>70%) and an emergency source of cash (nearly 20%) were the farmers' major reasons for adopting agroforestry. The financial and economic analyses indicated that net present value (NPV) in case of bund system with an eight years rotation were Rs. 137 000/-, Rs. 127 000/- and Rs. 118 000/- at discount factors of 8, 10 and 12 percent, respectively, with a Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) of 2.8 for all the three discount factors. In the case of agrisilviculture with a rotation of seven years, the NPV at the respective discount factors were Rs. 123 000/-, Rs. 111 000/- and Rs. 101 000/-, respectively, while the BCRs were 2.18, 2.15 and 2.12 - compared to the conventional crop rotations with a BCR of 1.34 to 1.42 Both poplar-based agroforestry systems were more profitable than pure agricultural crop systems. Additional employment generation due to agrisilviculture was just under 11 mandays ha-1 yr-1.
|Pages:||375 - 381|
|Journal:||Forests, Trees and Livelihoods|
agroforestry, agroforestry systems, agrosilviculturalsystems, boundaries, bunds, cost benefit analysis, cropping systems,economic analysis, employment, forest borders, forests, income,profitability, rotations, socioeconomics, stand density, India, UttarPradesh, Populus deltoides, South Asia, Asia, Developing Countries,Commonwealth of Nations, Populus, Salicaceae, Salicales, dicotyledons,angiosperms, Spermatophyta, plants, India, Forestry Economics (EE112)(New March 2000), Labour and Employment (EE900), Income and Poverty(EE950), Plant Cropping Systems (FF150), Silviculture and ForestManagement (KK110), Agroforestry and Multipurpose Trees; Community, Farmand Social Forestry (KK600), Community Participation and Development(UU450) (New March 2000)