Orchid farming in canopy forests stressed
The first public lecture of the 5th International Canopy Conference, 2009 dwelt on the canopy forest and life on tree tops, here on Tuesday.
Citing a case study of the church forests in Ethiopia, Margaret said that the country possess 31,000 church forests ranging from three hectares to 3,000 hectares in extent. “Church forests are forests around the religious institutions. These church forests are surrounded by air farmlands. The encroachment of the church forests has become a menace in Ethiopia. The church forest were rich source of fresh water springs, mineral rich soil and an abode to various rare species of insects” Margaret said.
She explained about the various equipment used in the canopy research like walkways, canopy raft, cranes, indigenous ladders and canopy aircrafts used extensively for research in forests. Margaret added that ultimately ‘no child left indoors’ was the mantra to take the inheritance of forests to the future generations.