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Fire as an Economic Disincentive to Smallholder Rubber Planting in Imperata Areas

Menz, Ken; Ellis, Katie


This paper reports on research conducted in the Imperata project at CRES. Land infested with Imperata cylindrica has traditionally been regarded as being of low productivity. Recent research has shown tree growing to be an option for the Imperata areas of Southeast Asia. In this context, fire is seen as a major constraint. Rubber is one tree that is successfully grown in Imperata areas by many smallholders. In this paper, the physical impacts and private economic costs of fire associated with...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1997
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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