Selection of families, family-owned plots and fruit tree varieties

After selection of a Wadi project area, families and family-owned plots for development under the agro-horti-forestry component are selected, in a participatory manner.

Apart from meeting parameters explained in the Requirements section, families selected for the agro-horti-forestry component should preferably be: 

  • small or marginal land-owners
  • regularly working on their own land
  • open to new ideas and techniques
  • willing to shift their residence to Wadi plots, if required
  • close to other Wadi plot-holders (scattered plots will increase project cost)

Plots selected for development should preferably be:

  • located on plain or gently sloping land, with well drained soil; soils with an impervious rocky layer within a depth of 1m and soils prone to water-logging are not suitable
  • close to an existing or potential water source
  • free from Kans grass (Saccharam spontaneum), which is difficult to remove
  • away from the village, yet within walking distance from it, so that threat of damage caused by domestic animals is reduced, and watch can be kept easily
  • not located in densely forested areas with animals like wild boars which can damage plantations

Family-owned land selected for a Wadi plot should be in one unit of around 1-acre; if a family owns land in bits and pieces, pieces that are close to each other should be selected.

Selection of fruit trees for plantation is done in a participatory manner. Feasibility studies or pilot projects may have to be conducted in areas where particular fruit tree varieties are proposed to be introduced for the first time.

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