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9 Reforestation
Pages 78-87

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From page 78...
... Planting neem on a large scale might also improve the declining ecosystems of many areas considered fairly hopeless. In Haiti, for example, and other countries where the tree cover has been stripped away, vast plantings of any type of tree would likely bring environmental benefits, among them fewer floods, less siltation, and reduced ~ According to forester Jean Gorse, who spent most of his career working in the Sahel: "The propagation of neem in West Africa in the 'SOs and '60s must be considered as the most successful (and cheapest)
From page 79...
... In their first months after transplanting from a nursery, neem seedlings greatly benefit from tillage, weeding, irrigation, and one or two fertilizations. Young plants develop fairly rapidly, at least after the first season.
From page 81...
... Visitors to New Delhi cannot fail to admire the stately neems adorning the avenues, spreading from both sides a thick green canopy that shields people from the fierce sun. Burma Although Burma is one of the main countries where neem is native, not much about its neem trees has been recorded.
From page 82...
... What is probably the world's largest neem plantation, about 50,000 trees, has recently been planted.4 The project is designed to provide shade to the 2 million Muslim pilgrims who camp there annually for the haiJ. Thailand Thailand has many "Indian" neem trees (Azadirachta indica)
From page 84...
... Alongside many highways and byways, it is common to see stacks of neem wood awaiting trucking to the cities. In Accra and other centers, neem is now a common street tree and backyard shade tree.
From page 85...
... Neem was also successfully established by sowing fresh seed directly into the shelter of indigenous vegetation and local food crops. There are now considerable plantations for firewood and construction materials throughout those areas of northern Nigeria.
From page 86...
... The trees cut wind velocity near the ground by 45-80 percent, resulting in less erosion and more soil moisture. Crop yields jumped 15 percent or more, even after accounting for the land taken up by the lines of trees.
From page 87...
... And in 1989 the Hawaii State Senate passed a resolution supporting research and development of this "wonder tree." THE PACIFIC Nineteenth century immigrants carried the tree from India to Fiji, and it has since spread to other islands in the South Pacific, even to Easter Island, which is hardly known as a place for trees. In Papua New Guinea neem was introduced at the beginning of the 1980s' mainly in the Port Moresby area.


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