Agroforestry- as viable option for waste saline land and water resources
The importance of this program is to produce forestry products from marginal low rainfall areas where agricultural field crops have become unproductive because of salinization processes. Number of woody and some multipurpose tree spp. were compared for performance under saline/saline-sodic conditions. Survival, growth and biomass production of many species indicated a great success. Ipil Ipil produced a large number of volunteer seedlings successfully over a large area, particularly under big Ipil trees. Eucalyptus camaldulensis, however, appeared to be the most versatile spp. Tamarix was also quick growing and produced a lot of leafy biomass. Based on our experience, the classification of various tree spp. from the point of suitability for different salinity situations of the country was made to provide guidance to the farmers of salt-affected areas. Agroforestry can play a very important and effective role in providing income and flexibility to farmers and environmental benefits for the wider public. Growing trees on these saline wastelands provides the unique opportunity to produce, timber, biomaterials and biomass for energy on land that is of little economic value for food production. Thus, providing new opportunities for the salinized marginal lands especially located in irrigated areas of the country.