Category: agriculture

Vetiver Roots – The Hidden Half.

This new book by Dr. Paul Truong provides a wealth of information on the function and unique role of the roots of vetiver grass that allow for a wide range of environmental mitigation. Paul Truong, TVNI’s Technical Director, has been…

Vetiver Grass and Pest Control

We know that vetiver hedges are one of the most effective measures for reducing sediment flows from leaving farm land and other areas. These same hedgerows also effectively act as rainfall run off “spreaders”, spreading out concentrated water flows, thus…

Black Cotton Soils and the Vetiver System

I was faced with the problems of managing black cotton soils in the early 50s in Australia while working with the Soil Conservation Service. Overnight, a heavy storm had wiped out a large area of a farmers wheat crop and…

Niue and Puka Puka Islands

I am glad you guys are starting to take an interest in the little ocean Islands; I have been pushing for more work in these areas for years now, here is an extract copy of a letter I wrote to…

Vetiver and the Pacific Islands – Fiji

From the Google Earth images, it is sad to see areas that were once protected by vetiver hedges in Fiji, now devoid of a lot of those hedges. It’s a case of familiarity breeding contempt. The young farmers and extension…

Vetiver System and Fishponds

We have good feedback from Vietnam that Vetiver Grass will clean up fish ponds. More on this later in the year. In the mean time here is a snippet from David Booth in Indonesia: “We have also had very good…

The Vital Importance of Soil and Water Conservation In the Tropics.

Famines in Ethiopia, Sudan and Rwanda. Floods in Bangladesh, Brazil and China. Mudslides in Central America, the Philippines, Peru and California. Toxic leachate from mine dumps poisoning water tables. Effluent from garbage dumps, landfills, feedlots and farms polluting the groundwater,…

Vetiver Activities in North Africa and the Mediterranean

The Vetiver Network International has four directors responsible for activities in different regions of the world. Here follows a short report from Criss Juliard that gives an idea of some of the activities going on in North Africa. Criss can…