Composting

Composting is conversion of on-farm waste materials into a farm resource, through a process of decomposition. Application of compost around plants enhances soil fertility and soil health, and improves soil biodiversity.

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Vermicomposting

Vermicomposting is use of earthworms to convert organic wastes to manure. Eudrilus Eugenia (African night crawler) and Isenia fetida (red wriggers) species of earthworms are used for vermicomposting.

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Package of practices

A `package of practices’ (PoP) is a recommended set of guidelines for remunerative cultivation of a particular crop or tree, in a particular area. PoPs are issued by government agriculture departments/universities/institutes, and modified according to field experience.

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Methods of protecting Wadi plots from animals

In many tribal and backward regions, open grazing of animals is the norm and Wadi plots are vulnerable to damage by cattle and goats. In thickly forested areas, crops and saplings in Wadi plots are prone to extensive damage by wild boars, deer and other animals.

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Health-related indicators

Below is an indicative list of indicators that can be used to assess impact of Wadi on the health status of participant families, through the quality of life and other components, by comparing baseline and post-project data:

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