Rational responses

  • 30/05/1998

Rational responses One factor that no study has been able to analyse is to what extent the farmers of India have reacted to the firewood crisis and started to grow trees on their farmlands and private fallow lands or protect their forests. Surely, one would expect a rational economic response from farmers facing a firewood crisis. Though no such study has come to our notice from India, one study from Nepal, which shares similar characteristics with many Himalayan states of India, does show that farmers have been growing more trees both on their private and adjoining common lands. A study of a 14,000 hectare catchment using aerial photographs taken in 1972 and 1989 showed that the tree crown cover had increased in all the land-use categories

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