Jackfruit: a good fruit tree choice for Central India

As demonstrated by Haribhau Doye, a Wadi plot-holder in Padampur, a small village close to Deori town of Gondia district in Maharashtra, jackfruit is a good fruit-tree choice for Central India.

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Salai stumps for fencing

A farmer in Mohpur tehsil of Nanded district of Maharashtra, Bomanna Linge, has reduced the cost of barbed-wire fencing by using using live, hardwood stumps of the salai tree (Boswelia serrata) as poles for the barbed wire.

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Value-addition: cashew nutshell liquid

Cashew co-operatives set up in South Gujarat by BAIF’s associate organisation, DHRUVA, produce a substantial amount of cashew kernel. A by-product is cashew shell, which is removed in the process. By itself cashew shell can be used only as fuel in the furnaces used for processing kernel.

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Health care from a trained vaidu

Raghunath Choudhary of Golderi village in Nashik district, Maharashtra, is a Wadi plot-holder with a difference. He is a traditional herbal medicine practitioner who acquired his knowledge from his father and grandfather.

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Promoting lac production in Vidarbha

Kerria lacca, a tiny insect, feeds on leaves of some trees and secretes a resin known as lac. The resin is processed to yield shellac, which has uses in the aeronautics, paper, paints and varnish industries.

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Livestock income through Wadi

Resources developed under a Wadi programme through agro-horti-forestry, soil and water conservation and water resource development, and benefits accruing from the agri-business component, create a platform for generating good income from livestock.

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Landless women find new sources of income

Though primarily aimed at families owning at least 1-acre of cultivable land, BAIF-Wadi also covers landless families, through:

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Income generation activities of women SHGs

Women’s self-help groups (SHGS) set up in BAIF-Wadi projects are engaged in a diverse range of income-generation activities including:

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Wadi cooperatives offer diverse benefits

Though set up primarily to procure, process and sell fruit produce from Wadi plots, cooperatives set up in BAIF-Wadi projects are engaged in a diverse range of activities for the benefit of members.

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Cooperative procurement and processing of cashew

Supported by BAIF-DHRUVA, Wadi-owning tribal families in remote villages of South Gujarat have been successfully engaged in cashew production, procurement, processing and marketing for over a decade.

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