Why Social Forest



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The Problem - Tamil Nadu faces the serious threat of desertification in the coming years. Extreme weather conditions and unsustainable farming methods have depleted ground water tables, eroded topsoil, and curbed the agricultural livelihood of thousands of rural families over the past two decades. With a rise in the price of farm inputs, delayed rainfall, shortage of labor and increased cost of living, the repercussions for an average farmer is far more disastrous than what meets the eye. Most farmers have abandoned traditional, sustainable agriculture and now depend on high-interest loans from banks or money lenders to continue their livelihood

Solution - Planting trees is the simplest solution to our present day environmental problems.

Under the agro forestry model, farmers are educated about sustainable land use that maintains and increases total yields by combining food crops and tree-based ones. Farmers are also encouraged to plant a combination of fruit, fodder and timber trees in the periphery of their farmland

Trees bring biodiversity, soil fertility, a cooler climate, cleaner air and increased rainfall. Their yields reduce agricultural expenditure while creating the possibility of future income through small-scale forestry enterprises.

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How We Work - Dr.APJ. Abdul Kalam Social Forest Scheme under the aegis of AKIF has planned a massive plantation drive involving more than 1 crore saplings in all the 37 districts of the state of Tamil Nadu, with 3 lakh saplings per district. Nurseries would be set up in all the district’s Schools / College / Government allotted Places and the saplings would be maintained and distributed to the public free of cost.