Alternate Land Use Pattern

By TamilNadu Agricultural University on 23 Dec 2018 | read
Agronomic Measures - Alternate Land use pattern

All drylands are not suitable for crop production. Same lands may be suitable for range/pasture management and for tree farming and ley farming, dryland horticulture and agro-forestry systems including alley cropping. All these systems which are alternative to crop production are called as alternate land use systems.

Image titleAfforestation

Image titleHorticulture Development

Image titleFodder cultivation

Image titlePasture Development


Agro forestry is an integration of agricultural crops with trees in the same piece of land. Agro forestry will provides food, fodder for cattle and develop environment and enriches the soil.

  • Acacia + Kollukattaipull
  • Supapul + Kollukattaipull 

Benefits of Agro-forestry system:

  • It increases gross income of the land.
  • Supplies furniture wood, fuel and fodder.
  • Checks soil erosion.
  • Enriches the soil.
  • Controls wind velocity there by reduce the crop damage.
  • Reclamation of problematic soils.
  • Regulates soil temperature.


  • Amla + Kollukattaipull
  • Custard apple + Kollukattaipull

Benefits of Agri-horti

  • Soil and moisture conservation.
  • Increased production.
  • Increased profit.
  • Additional employment opportunity.
  • Processing and allied industries.
  • Solves nutritional requirement.

Silvi-pastoral system :

Growing of tree species and forage crops in given unit area of land.

TreesForage crops
SoundalFodder cowpea
Acacia spFodder sorghum
 Hedge lucerne