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Agriculture and Environment

Community, Agriculture and Environment

Agriculture is strongly connected to the land and the surrounding environment. Agriculture, wherever it is practiced, affects and is affected by the land, the environment and the people.

Improvement in agricultural methods and protection of the natural environment are essential for future prosperity. These two goals can be achieved together if good designs, strategies and techniques are used.

If you understand how your crops and land management affect your surrounding environment, you can maintain and even improve the health of people and the environment. A healthy environment also improves agricultural production. Cleaner rivers and other water sources lead to less irrigation maintenance. More birds, small animals and insects lead to better pollination and fewer pest problems for crops. Reforestation and good land management above agricultural areas reduce flooding and landslide problems.

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John Tann

Valuable weeds

Weeds provide many functions and products. Make the most of them to improve your agricultural production as they are good for:

  • Mulch and compost material
  • Organic matter
  • Protecting the soil from erosion
  • Products, such as fibre and paper
  • Providing homes for pest predators and attracting pollinators
  • Indicating what grows well as many weeds have productive plants for relatives: If a weed grows well, its productive relative probably does too.
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