India plants 1.5 million fruit trees in an exemplary agroforestry system » El Horticultor

Last year, more than 1.5 million fruit trees were planted in India to restore a total of 1553 hectares (equivalent to more than 2000 football fields) of land spread across six states in the country. The organization planted with a treeresponsible for making planting possible, also built nurseries in strategic areas to reduce transport costs and improve the acclimatization of seedlings.

The objective of the project is to try to alleviate the hunger of people living in isolated rural farming communities while restoring ecosystems through the implementation of agroforestry plantation systems. “As trees grow, they help alleviate hunger and poverty while fighting pollution and climate change in rural India. To achieve this, our partners They planted a diverse mix of fruit tree species including guava, papaya, lemon, pomegranate, pineapple, plum, pear, jackfruit, apricot, banana, moringa and more.

India plants 1.5 million fruit trees in agroforestry system

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Fruit trees change lives

According to One Tree Planted, when intercropped with seasonal vegetables, a grove of 100 fruit trees provides nutritious meals and sustainable income for a family of four, helping to reduce migration to urban areas.

Most areas targeted for plantations have low forest cover, few employment opportunities, food insecurity and low literacy rates. Particular attention was paid in the project to widows and elderly women, groups that are extremely marginalized by society.

India plants 1.5 million fruit trees in agroforestry system

“In addition to providing social benefits, the trees planted will provide food and shelter for insects, bees, small animals and birds. Biodiversity will also benefit from better watershed health, thanks to better water absorption (and therefore less runoff) during rainy seasons. This will help keep area rivers clean, stabilize soils, filter rainwater, and more!

India plants 1.5 million fruit trees in agroforestry system

The plantations in agroforestry systems have been distributed in the rural areas of six states of the country: Uttar Pradesh, Madya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.

nurseries

The organization has also established two nurseries in the country, which have been designed and built to produce two million fruit tree seedlings per year. This new nursery capacity will benefit planting projects in every state.

Do you wanna help? You can also participate by donating a tree to the project.

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