Sand dune rehabilitation through planting of buffel grass Cenchrus ciliaris and sewan grass Elyonurus hirsutus and fodder trees in the Thal desert, Punjab, Pakistan
Published source details
Anwar Khan Ch. M. (1968) Sand dune rehabilitation in Thal, Pakistan. Journal of Range Management, 21, 316-321
Published source details Anwar Khan Ch. M. (1968) Sand dune rehabilitation in Thal, Pakistan. Journal of Range Management, 21, 316-321
Large areas of the Thal desert (between 30º-32 º N, 71º-72ºE) Punjab Province, Pakistan have suffered from over-gazing. Good forage grasses have disappeared and fodder trees have been heavily browsed by camels Camelus dromedarius and lopped to feed other livestock. Here attempts to re-establish native grasses and trees of fodder value on sand dunes, where failures followed usual reseeding methods, are summarised.
Grass planting: From 1963 to 1966, ‘tuft planting’ i.e. transplanting individuals (at spacings of 5 x 5, 10 x 5, and 10 x 10 ft) with at least a 23 cm long root system and 15 cm tall of two native perennial grasses, buffel grass (dhaman) Cenchrus ciliaris and sewan grass (karera) Elyonurus hirsutus, was undertaken on about 809 ha of loose sand dunes.