People’s Science Institute carried out the first trials of the System of Wheat Intensification (SWI) during rabi 2006-07. Starting with systematic research trials on farmers’ fields, SWI practice has now spread to many Indian states, through the efforts of PSI and other voluntary organizations.
The MoEF committee chaired by A K Bansal on regulatory regime regarding felling and transit regulations for tree species grown on non forests/ private lands calls for simple uniform mechanisms to regulate the transit rules of forest produce within the state.
Forests meet 40% of the energy needs of India and about 30% of fodder needs of the cattle population. Agriculture along with animal husbandry is the principal occupation and source of livelihood for over 70% of the population of Western Himalaya. Like with other high-altitude communities, animal husbandry is practised by the locals. Collection of fodder is the first step that turns the wheel of agricultural economy in states across the Indian Himalayan region. (Correspondence)