Growing trees outside forests in India can offer environmental, economic benefits: Study

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New Delhi, May 25 (PTI) Growing trees in agroforestry systems -- a landscape restoration technique where farmers add trees to their land -- and in and near cities can offer many environmental and socioeconomic benefits, according to a study by the World Resources Institute (WRI) India.

The study by the global research non-profit organisation also identified 10 types of incentives -- seven monetary and three non-monetary -- that policymakers use to encourage farmers to grow trees.

Subsidies for planting material like saplings and infrastructure -- greenhouses and irrigation -- emerged as the most commonly available and utilised incentives, followed by direct technical assistance to farmers from government agencies.