In many economies, especially those of developing countries, agriculture can be an engine of economic growth. Approximately two-thirds of the world’s agricultural value added is generated in developing countries, and the agricultural sector contributes as much as 30 percent to their gross domestic product. Sustainable agriculture is one which depletes neither people nor the land. Agricultural land depletion is a rapidly increasing around the world, with rampant wastage of natural resource through poor development and irresponsible use of pesticides among the critical reasons for this decline. Sustainable agricultural production practices are critical, both for our present as well as our future. All of Agroforestry Group's projects are specifically created with sustainability in mind.
Soil Enrichment Practices
Rich and fertile soils are integral to growing healthy crops and for increasing crop yields. The traditional techniques of farming often reduce the fertility of the soil by the overuse of pesticides. Sustainable farming practices like leaving crop residue in the field post-harvest, using plant and animal compost as manure, are all critical and natural means to soil enrichment.
Many birds and animals are natural predators of pests that plague and destroy crops. Sustainable farming ensures the habitation of these birds and animals on land, thereby keeping the number of pests in check. As a result, it improves the production and quality of crops grown and helps in bringing down the need for insecticides.
Agriculture consumes about 70% of the current world water supply, whereas domestic and industrial use is about 8% and 22% respectively. Sustainable water supply means to find reliable and resilient approaches for water for that neither exhausts water sources, the local economy and has no long term negative impact on the environment. Agroforestry Group makes sure each site has adequate and environmentally sound water sources in close proximity. Many of our sites are near naturally occurring water sources thereby limiting any man made and potentially environmentally damaging water sources.
Trucks, trains, and boats, all of which consume fossil fuels, are the primary methods for transporting large quantities of food around the world. The environmental impact of transport is significant because it creates air pollution, including nitrous oxides and particulates, and is a significant contributor to global warming through emission of carbon dioxide. As consumers become more familiar with the concept of food to plate or farm to table, they are being more demanding on businesses.
Agroforestry Group aims to implement sustainable practices throughout all its operations and influences third party associated projects to do so too. It places special attention on its transportation routes as many companies fail to take this into account on their environmental footprint. One such example is the Durian project which was specifically located in Johor for efficient accessibility to the key Singapore market. Although this has increased business operational costs, it helps reduce the company's environmental footprint.