AFBI and CAFRE hosted an agroforestry training event on 5th September 2019 in AFBI Loughgall, Co. Armagh.
The event, according to the article, have provided farmers and agroforestry practitioners with the opportunity to learn more about the practicalities as well as the socio-economic and environmental benefits of adopting agroforestry systems as an option under the new Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS).
Agroforestry includes both the integration of trees on farmland and the use of agricultural crops and livestock in woodlands to deliver a wide range of ecosystem services.
Agroforestry research has been conducted at AFBI Loughgall since 1989 which has successfully led to agroforestry being incorporated into NI policy as a sustainable land use option. Agroforestry has also been recommended by the Sustainable Agricultural Land Management Strategy (SALMS) Expert Working Group to aid in the delivery of key grassland sustainability challenges, including the mitigation of agricultural ammonia emissions. Northern Ireland has a long-term target of increasing woodland cover from current levels of 8% to 12% by 2050.
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