SMALL FARMERS AND AGROFORESTRY SYSTEM MODEL CASE STUDIES

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Pagarat Rathakette

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The study presents simple agroforestry system model that has been used as a tool to meet the socio-economic, and physical condition of 20 volunteered farmers in Ban Don Chang village, Khon Kaen province. Out of many distinct agroforestry system models, the socalled "integration of trees on available land" is applied. By using physical inputs available, forest tree crops namely, E. camaldulensis, are intergrated as part of farming activities. The systems where tree growing that used less labour intensive, since most of the farmers labour resources are directed mostly toward annual crop. Tree planting practice that entail cost to the farmers are also avoided. The tree crops are managed by the farmers on a sustained yield basis. Basic knowledge and technical guidance are given in the early stage of planting (1985 1988). From 1985 to 1992, all farmers learn by experience from planting through to cutting and in selling of small wood (pulpwood). The presence of trees on yield reduction in the adjacent cassava field has been observed and reported. The consequences which give the farmers unwilling to integrate Eucalyptus trees with cash crops. However, with proper management, the on-station research has proved otherwise. Thus, training and extension in the skills will be needed especially in agroforestry technology. The farmers consider "earning a living" as first priority, and as the tree component involves effects in the present as well as in the future, further farm-level studies are required. Most farmers have no knowledge of how to sell forest tree crops, and at present, selling of tree product is operated through middleman. From the farmer point of view, cultivation of wood contributes to the strengthening of farm institution.

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Rathakette, P. (2022). SMALL FARMERS AND AGROFORESTRY SYSTEM MODEL CASE STUDIES. Thai Journal of Forestry, 12(Special Issue), 138–143. Retrieved from https://li01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/tjf/article/view/256394
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