Vasundhara: a successful cooperative of tribal producers

Established in December 1985, `Vasundhara Vriksh Vanwadi Jalsinchan Vikas Sahkari Mandali’ is the oldest and largest of the numerous cooperatives set up in tribal regions by BAIF-Wadi projects.

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Wadi nurseries: sources of high income

Nurseries set up by Wadi plot-owners or SHGs, after receiving training in grafting and nursery management, are good sources of income in many areas. In quite a few cases, income from sale of saplings is much higher than income from sale of fruits.

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Tribal families take to floriculture

Floriculture is a high-investment business dominated by large players with advanced facilities. However, as demonstrated in BAIF-Wadi areas in Thane district of Maharashtra, poor tribal families can enter this profitable line of activity, with little investment, if they are provided appropriate support.

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How Wadi fruit production is used

In 2008 BAIF-DHRUVA conducted plot-wise estimation of fruit production and its consumption/disposal across 10 Wadi project clusters of South Gujarat. The survey covered nearly 13,000 established Wadi plots. There were a total of 183,212 and 96,944 yielding cashew and mango trees of varying ages respectively.

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Multiple benefits from Wadi

Gulabbhai Mahala of lachakdi village in Vansda tehsil of Navsari district, Gujarat, defies stereotypical notions of rural backwardness. He lives in a pucca house, owns a motorcycle, his wife runs a retail shop, his son is constantly on the mobile, and the yard is covered with mango grafts in plastic pouches.

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