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The Farmers' Handbook, Part 4 - The Fields

The Farmers' Handbook, Part 4 - The Fields

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The Farmers' Handbook 
The Fields
 
This Volume's Authors : Chris Evans, Laxman Rana, Bhuvan Khadka, Ms Hommaya Gurung,Mrs Deumaya RanaEdited, Designed & Produced by: Chris Evans & Jakob JespersenTranslated from Nepali by Chris EvansProof reading: thanks to Mike Feingold, Margaret Evans, Ted Albins, Rupert Greville, AndyLangford, Looby MacnamaraPhotos: Jakob Jespersen, Chris EvansAddional photo credits are given in Volume FiveCover illustration: Mr Motilal PhaujaTyping: Chris EvansComputer Coordination: Layout Ltd., KathmanduPublished by: Chris Evans, Jakob Jespersen......Distributors: .......... (see p.8 for address)Printed by: Format Printing Press, Kathmandu......First Edition (Nepali) printed June 2001, 7500 copiesThis Edition.........Farmers' Handbook, ISBN 99933-615-0-X.......This Volume : 99933-615-4-2The Farmers' Handbook is about techniques for sustainable farming and this is the fourthof 5 volumes. There are 9 techniques presented here. In five volumes there are 40 techniquesand approaches in total.This Farmers' Handbook is meant for education and awareness raising as well aspractical gardening uses. It is permitted to photocopy for such purposes, but please remember that photocopying can cause pollution to the environment, is expensive & does not give a goodquality.
CONTENTSCONTENTS
ONTENTS
SubjectChapter No:
Chapters are separated by a yellow page
 Introduction to this Volume..........................
 
1Green Manures.............................................
 
 2 No-Till Farming............................................ 3Top Grafting..................................................
 
 4 Integrated Fruit Orchard.............................
 
 5 Fruit Tree Planting.......................................
 
 Agro-Forestry................................................
 
 Air Layering..................................................
 
8 Bamboo Cuttings..........................................
 
 9 Living Fence.................................................
 
10S.R.I. Rice Growing......................................
 
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This is the fourth volume of a five volume production of the Farmers' Handbook. In all there are forty techniques &approaches shown, of which nine are in this fourth volume. Inthis volume we introduce you to some of the methods used inthe fields. The titles of these are given on the previouscontents page.This Farmers' Handbook has been prepared to provideinformation about sustainable farming techniques as well asbeing a resource to run literacy programmes. Informationabout such programmes and how the Handbook can be usedis provided in the fifth volume. As well as technicalinformation, a glossary of new and difficult words is alsoprovided in the fifth volume.
The Farmers' Handbook -this Volume's Introduction
AimsBackground
Evaluation & Feedback
The main aim of this handbook is to help farmers maketheir own farms more successful. This is done by providinginformation about using simple methods which strengthen,rather than damage the environment, and help to createsustainable livelihoods for future generations.Comments and questions about the techniques andapproaches described in this handbook will be most welcome.Suggestions for improvement will be used for future editionsof this handbook and other similar publications.
The techniques described in the handbook are the resultsof research made by the farmers of Surkhet and Jajarkotdistricts of Mid-Western Nepal. We believe these methods willalso work well for farmers of other countries. However,around the world there are diverse climates and soils, and sowe expect that small changes will need to be made in thetechniques according to this diversity. Similarly, it may benecessary to change plant species according to climatic region,but their function will remain the same. For example, thechapter on the
Living Fence
describes the use of thorny plantsas a barrier. In the low altitude, hot Tarai of southern Nepal,"Babool" (
 Acacia nilotica)
is suitable for this. But this doesnot grow in the higher elevations. Here, species such as wildpear, wild blackberry and Sea Buckthorn make a good livingfence.

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