|VS treatment at the Khalsa Heritage Memorial|
Monday, November 21, 2011
Two interesting presentations from ICV5 demonstrated the important ability of vetiver for the rehabilitation of badly degraded land in India. One on salinity and sodic soils showed how well vetiver would grow on such soils as compared to native plants. Clearly vetiver could be used as a pioneer plant on many of those no longer productive agricultural lands - unproductive due often to past mismanaged irrigation programs. Back in the 1950s some quite large areas of new forest was regenerated on Uttar Pradesh's famous "usar" sodic lands - this experience is now forgotten. North India in particular could well use this technology for rehab.
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