Structure of the Chapters :
Each chapter deals with one or a few techniquesand is structured in the following way :1. What is it ?2. Why do it ?3. How to do it ?4. How to maintain it ?5. Links between the books6. Farmers’ Experiences
all in all over 450 colour photos150 bw photos650 drawings
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Why aFarmers' Handbook ?
• Reading Skills
The handbook is well suited for literacy andpost-literacy programmes, and village librar-ies. It has been developed as reading andinformation material for formal & informalPractical Literacy Programmes. One of thegreat benefits of reading skills is to accessknowledge. This can help people improvetheir living standard by using techniqueswhich:- use & enhance local resources- increase & diversify production- decrease cost of production in termsof time, land & labour
• Sustainable Livelihoods
Most people in rural areas of developingcountries depend on home production of food.However with more people, and thelandholdings becoming smaller, there is aneed for raising the productivity of the smallfarm. And this should be done in a way thatwill also allow their grandchildren to producefood, fibre, fodder, firewood etc. from theland. This way is sustainable agriculture.
• Strong Economies
A strong economy is build from the base - itgrows like a tree. A healthy natural resourcebase and robust production at the small farmlevel means that local, district and nationaleconomies can grow sustainably, meeting theneeds of the land
Many people would like to plant fruit trees, but often can'tfind good types. Sometimes the seedlings may cost too much, if you have limited income. But difficulty in finding good fruittrees shouldn't stop you trying to get them - the solution to theproblem can be found. Raising rootstock seedlings in thenursery may take 2-3 years. After grafting, it will take a fewmore years before they bear fruit. So let's learn an even easier way to grow grafted fruit trees. This is called
.Top grafting is a method of grafting cuttings (scion) fromimproved fruit trees onto appropriate types of wild trees whichare already growing in the fields and forests, without needing anursery. This method is very cheap and easy, and produces goodquality fruit trees which give fruit quickly.