Preparing Wadi plot layouts

The figure below shows a layout for planting different types of trees in a Wadi plot of 1-acre.

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Digging and filling pits

Proper digging and filling of pits in which saplings have to be planted is one of the critical determinants of growth and productivity of fruit and other trees.

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Planting saplings

After pit digging and filling in summer, planting of saplings is done at the onset of regular rains. Saplings of fruit and MPTS trees are distributed in advance. The saplings should meet planting material quality standards.

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Earthing up and basin preparation

Earthing up means piling soil around the base of a plant. It can be done by hand or by using a hoe or spade.

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Planting material quality standards

Planting material like saplings and neem cake should meet specifications as follows.

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Multipurpose tree species (MPTS) for Wadi plots

Multipurpose tree species (MPTS) are trees that provide multiple benefits and serve multiple purposes. MPTS serve purposes like:

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Fencing Wadi plots

For protecting a Wadi plot from stray animals and theft, fencing along the entire boundary is recommended. Barbed wire fencing is expensive and needs protection from pilferage. Hence cheaper methods are adopted.

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Mulching

Mulching is the process of covering the soil around trees or between rows of crops for:

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Organic methods of pest control

There are a number of organic methods of pest control, including:

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Safe measures for mango and cashew aftercare

The following safe measures are promoted in BAIF-Wadi plots for tackling common pest and disease problems in mango and cashew trees:

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