How the Jump From Subsistence Farming to Agroforestry Brought Prosperity

Farmers in the southern reaches of Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu have turned to agroforestry to boost incomes after falling groundwater levels and overuse of chemical fertilisers made agriculture unsustainable in the area.

Farmer Jesuraj of Pudukottai in his farm where he practises agroforestry. Credit: R. Samuel

Farmer Jesuraj of Pudukottai in his farm where he practises agroforestry. Credit: R. Samuel/Village Square

“We have found our treasure in trees,” declares Ramanathan, a 70-year-old farmer of Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu. Farmers in his locality have found prosperity in agroforestry, the practice of growing trees and crops in farmlands, instead of just cultivating crops. Agreeing with Ramanathan, Jesuraj shows his rice field juxtaposed against a grove of coconut, banana and jackfruit trees.

https://thewire.in/132418/from-subsitence-farming-agroforestry/

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