Fruit tree combinations in BAIF-Wadi

The following table shows some of the fruit-tree combinations planted in Wadi plots, in project areas of BAIF’s associate organisations in different parts of India.

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Custard apple: a hardy fruit tree

Custard apple or sitaphal (Annona squamosa) is a small tree well known for its extreme hardiness. The plant grows on a variety of soils and is extremely drought-tolerant. It is not grazed by any animal. The tree’s fruit can generate significant cash income for poor families. The fruits are also eaten and contribute to improved nutrition of poor communites.

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Amla: a profitable fruit for growing in semiarid lands

Amla or aonla (Emblica offecinalis), known in English as Indian gooseberry, has diverse use in ayurvedic medicines and health tonics such as chavanprash and triphala.

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MPTS for different agro-climatic conditions

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Fruit production in India

A large variety of fruits are grown in diverse agro-climatic zones in India. According to the Indian  Horticultural Database 2009 of the National Horticulture Board (under the Union ministry of agriculture), total production of fruits in the country in 2008-09 was 68.47 million tonnes, from an area of 6.1 million hectares. Area under fruit trees and total production in 2008-09 was around 2.3 times the figures for 1991-92.

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