More than 12,000 trees were planted in agroforestry between July and September in the Tarapoto region by our local partner, the Urku Centre.
In Tarapoto, agroforestry is taking root
Between July and September, 12,158 trees took root in the Tarapoto region. Among the species planted: Hevea, Gradua, Bolaina and Capirona. Planted in and around farmers' fields in addition to other species already present on the plots, these trees will enable local communities to produce groundnuts, wood and latex for their own use or for local trade.
They will provide shade for the crops and protect them from the wind. As nitrogen fixers, they will also enrich cultivated soils by capturing essential elements for plants in the atmosphere.
Agroforestry thus contributes to the diversification of farmers' incomes, but also to maintaining and diversifying agricultural production. In the Peruvian Amazon, the agroforestry systems created by our partner Urku within protected areas such as the Cordillera Escalera also help to restore the original forest.
Shortage of Mayan walnut seeds
However, the period was marked by a shortage of Mayan walnut seeds, the species planted mainly on the project. In order to cope with this hazard due to the increasing climate change in the region, the Urku Centre is considering temporarily sourcing seeds from Central American countries, such as El Salvador and Nicaragua.
13,000 trees in nurseries
Currently pampered in the nurseries associated with the project, 13,000 additional trees will soon take root in Peru.
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