Marginal and degraded lands on the verge of desertification



Central highlands of Sri Lanka face desertification

By The Nation Online (RLJ)

Academics in export agriculture highlighted that 50% of the land in the Central Highlands were marginal and degraded lands which were presently on the verge of desertification.
The Central Highlands is facing severe and increased soil erosion. Lands formerly used by tea plantation and estate companies have been deserted as according to them, the lands could not be made to bear yield any longer even if fertilizer was used as the soil and soil structure had weakened to such an extent.

According to the scientists, the answer lies in reforestation, especially on rocky cliffs and rocky outcrops, land strip by land strip, using endemic and indigenous plant species. Reforestation will also aid in the prevention of soil erosion. China and Israel converts deserts into forests using technology. Natural microorganisms too should be introduced. The entire process is termed anti-desertification.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.