Direct Seeding Techniques for Oak and Horse Chestnut in Himachal Pradesh, India
This resource focuses on one of Forest-PLUS’s pilot landscapes in the Rampur Working Circle of Hamachal Pradesh, India, a region often utilized as a source of forest products and ecosystem services for humans. To improve forest management, Forest-Plus works to increase the productivity of forest for local residents and introduced an inexpensive and accessible solution: direct seeding techniques for oat and chestnut. “Direct seeding” or “direct sowing” refers to planting seeds in the field to germinate in place. With active involvement of local communities and Van Panchayats, the sowing technique is being used to support natural regeneration of oak in degraded areas and afforestation of blank forest patches in Van Panchayat forests.
Direct seeding is a simple, cost-effective technique of promoting native species plantations in Himachal Pradesh and similar altitudinal Himalayan states of western India. It should be carried out in moist, shaded riverine sites. This technique helps mitigate climate change and aid in carbon sequestration, providing shade and shelter to humans and wildlife.