|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.
Dry and live hedge
Initially, dry branches of thorny bushes like karvanda are used to make a fence, with the help of bamboo poles. During the rainy season, fast-growing, thorny species are planted behind this fence.
Plants used to make such a live hedge include euphorbia (thor), agave, cactus, lantana and sagargota (Caesalpinia crista).
Trees like Gliricidia, ber, palas are also grown along the boundary, in Karnataka and Bihar respectively. In Rajasthan, jatropha has been planted. Other species suitable for planting as part of a live hedge are coral tree (Erythrina suberosa), vilayati babul, kewda and horse bean.
Apart from protecting the Wadi plot, shrubs/trees chosen for fencing can yield good income and biomass.
Barbed wire fencing with tree posts