Agroforestry Sustains Agricultural Development through Efficient Land-Use Systems
8 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2012
Date Written: April 29, 2012
Agroforestry is an integrated approach of using the interactive benefits from combining agricultural and forestry technologies to create productive, profitable, and sustainable land-use systems. Whether agroforestry practice sustains agricultural development, this study was conducted to find out the opinion of the farmers on the effects of agroforestry on sustainable agricultural development (SAD). Selected farmer’s characteristics were analyzed to explore the relationship with their opinion on the effects of agroforestry on SAD. Data were obtained from 120 randomly selected respondents. Agroforestry covers 0.52 ha land per farmer. Farmers more than 60% acquired knowledge on agroforestry from non-government organization (NGO). Majority (88%) of the farmers confirmed that there was positive effect of agroforestry on SAD. Correlation analysis indicates that the characteristics of the farmers such as education, farm size, annual income, communication exposure, and knowledge on agroforestry showed significantly positive relationship and rest insignificantly positive relationship with their opinion on the effects of agroforestry on SAD. Taken together, this study confirmed that agroforestry practices might sustain agricultural development through sustainable land-use systems. Therefore, agroforestry practices increase farmer’s income, forest coverage and keep environment friendly.
Keywords: Agroforestry, sustainable agriculture development, tree, sustainable land use
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