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`Horses' for courses approach to farming

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CHENNAI, SEPT. 28. A `multi-dimensional planting system' that will help revive farming and the eco-system was proposed at a press conference organised by the Gandhi Niketan Ashram here today.

E.R. Sadasivam, environmental scientist, said the technique, which involves environmental, ecological and heteroculture plantation has been successfully practised in Coimbatore, Dharapuram, Erode and Thanjavur.

Explaining the three categories, Mr. Sadasivam said environmental planting was suitable for industries, industrial areas and urban habitats. "It helps absorb acid fumes and controls atmospheric pollution. It also cuts noise up to 23 decibels." Ecological planting suited rural areas and provides almost all the basic needs such as cereal substitutes, fruits, fodder, fibre, fibre, foliage and commercial livestock, he said. The third discipline involves the planting of harvest yielding and fodder trees. The system has been evolved to suit all sorts of terrains, climate and biotic conditions. "The planting design will be based on physiographic investigation," he said.

D. Paulraj, secretary, Gandhi Niketan Ashram, said steps should be taken to revitalize Indian agriculture. "

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