There has been a constant effort to gear up plantation activity in order to meet prime objective like increasing tree cover, restore healthy environment and meet the demand of Food, fodder and fuel. There is a lot of scope to do afforestation in areas outside forest like roadside avenue, along railway line, canal bank, embankment of water bodies, river bank, costal sand, institutions, home garden and industrial area etc. Similarly, reforestation in forest land including degraded forests and barren hills is also to be taken in an accelerated manner to restore forest ecosystem.
Trees Outside Forests (TOFs) are the main source of tree-based fuel, food, fodder, fiber, etc. The quality and quantity of benefits expected from TOFs mainly depends on choice of species, seedling quality and their field management. The diverse Indian edapho-climatic condition offers the scope for planting a variety of species. Due to the diverse edapho-climatic condition of India, the QPM requirement is vary and also everlasting. Meanwhile the species or variety or genotypes suitable for cultivation in one region may or may not be remunerative in another region. Hence, development of location specific quality seedlings has the potential to increase the productivity.
The availability of quality seedlings at lower cost offers ample scope for large scale planting. In this juncture, putting efforts on quality seedling production offers scope for sustainable forestry. Nursery is pre requisite for producing quality seedlings in lesser input and nursery management is a potential tool to execute the activity in successful means. This involves procurement and collection of good quality seed, seed treatment, techniques of seed sowing, raising of poly pot seedlings depending upon silvicultural characteristics of different plant species. This book is an attempt for narrating the nursery establishment guidelines, species precise propagation techniques, pest, disease, weed, water and nutrient management of plant nursery. We assure that this book will be a valuable field guide for nursery practitioners.
Dr. Manas Ranjan Nayak
Dr. Manas Ranjan Nayak is a Scientist (Forestry) working in the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Koraput, OUAT, Bhubaneswar, Odisha (India). He has more than 6 years of experience in teaching, research and extension in the field of forestry and agroforestry. He received his B. Sc. (Forestry) and M. Sc. (Forestry) from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, India and Ph.D. Forestry (Agroforestry) at Navsari Agricultural University, Gujarat. He was the recipient of Merit Scholarship during M.Sc., University Gold Medal from OUAT, Bhubaneswar, INSPIRE Fellowship, from DST, Govt. of India during course of study. He has received some professional’s award like KVK Scientist Award, Young Scientist Award, Young Agroforestry scientist award-2020, Distinguished scientist award, Best extension officer. He has qualified ICAR-SRF, ICAR-NET examination in agroforestry. He has more than 30 research papers published in various national and international journals and also published more than 40 popular articles on forestry, Agroforestry and environmental aspects. He was participated in several national and international conferences, seminars, workshop/training, summer school and presented oral and poster presentation in the thematic area of forestry, Agroforestry, Biodiversity and climate change with many best poster and oral awards of National and International level. He is also life member of 5 professional societies and also member of several committees of OUAT. He is also in the editorial board and reviewer panel of various journals. He wrote 4 books: “Agri-silviculture in Odisha-Food crops and soil Fertility” (ISBN: 978-3-659-58141-0), “Forestry Solution” (ISBN: 818399098-3), Nursery Management (ISBN: 9789386200679) and Agroforestry concepts & Principles (ISBN: 9789388892636) and 10 book chapter in different book.