The Mahua tree is a native tree in India, widely distributed throughout the country. It possesses unique characteristics and serves multiple purposes. Being a fast-growing tree with dense foliage, it reaches significant heights. In its natural habitat, Mahua has become an integral part of the lives of tribals and villagers. Every part of the tree holds some form of utility or value.
Furthermore, the flowers of the Mahua tree are collected by people and can be either consumed fresh or used to produce oil. These flowers possess considerable nutritional value. The seeds of the tree are another valuable resource, rich in fat and having medicinal properties. Depending on the age of the tree, a single Mahua tree can yield 20 kilograms or more of seeds. These seeds are utilized for various purposes, including selling in the market, consumption, or preparation of other products.
Additionally, Mahua leaves serve as fodder for animals and can also be used to make biodegradable cups. In Maharashtra and other regions, cooperatives actively engage in producing jam and other products derived from Mahua, which are then exported. This contributes to the economic advancement of farmers involved in Mahua cultivation.
Impact in Numbers
Carbon Fixed 1000 Kgs.
CO2 reduction from the atmosphere by 3600 Kgs.
Increase in farmer income/cost savings in fodder, and fuelwood by 4000 INR per year after maturity.
Tree Dimensions on Maturity.
|Maximum height of the tree (m)||20|
|Tree canopy spread (m)||15|
|Tree trunk diameter (inches)||20|
Economic value to the farmers
The mahua tree holds tremendous economic significance in the lives of farmers and tribals. Planting a couple of these trees undoubtedly contributes to increasing the income of farmers and fostering prosperity in their lives. The tree’s potential for generating wealth offers a promising opportunity for farmers to enhance their financial well-being. Additionally, the economic benefits extend to tribals and other communities, providing them with a sustainable source of income and improving their overall livelihoods.
Plant a Mahua Tree: About the Project
Finally, once the saplings are distributed to the farmers, they actively receive the necessary technical knowledge to successfully cultivate them. The project, being a long-term endeavor, ensures ongoing support to the farmers for a duration of 3 years. Farmers are encouraged to become part of a group, where they are enlightened about the various benefits they can expect from growing these trees. Notably, the trees are included as a valuable component of a set provided to the farmers, aiming to enhance their economic status. Additionally, these initiatives contribute to the overall prosperity and well-being of the farming communities.
Moreover, the project geotags the trees to precisely track their locations. The area boundary is marked using GPS technology, ensuring accurate demarcation. In addition, farmer details, along with corresponding images, are meticulously captured. All the data, including geotagging and farmer information, is efficiently collected and stored directly from the field through dedicated mobile apps.
Additionally, the project calculates the yearly carbon fixation by employing expert-developed equations specific to different tree species within the app. These calculations are then incorporated into detailed reports. Throughout the entire process, total transparency is maintained, from data acquisition to storage and analysis. This commitment to transparency ensures reliability and integrity in the collection, storage, and analysis of data.
Additionally, the project actively measures the impact it creates on wildlife and farmers. Data is captured at regular intervals to monitor the progress and effectiveness of the project. This data is then analyzed by comparing it with the previous data collected on the same parameters calculated a few months ago. The observed changes are carefully measured against the planned results, enabling a comprehensive assessment of the project’s performance. This systematic evaluation ensures that the project remains on track and allows for adjustments and improvements as needed.
Unquestionably, we actively prepare and send comprehensive reports to the contributors. These reports provide crucial information covering the following aspects:
- The current status of the trees was observed during the last visit made.
- Any instances of tree mortality within the planted area.
- The amount of carbon fixed in metric tons (MT) since the start of the project.
- The economic impact observed on the farmers involved in the project.
- The ecological impact was created as a result of the project’s implementation.
Additionally, these reports serve as vital tools for keeping the contributors informed about the project’s progress, outcomes, and overall impact. They enable a clear understanding of the status of the trees, the environmental benefits achieved, and the positive economic transformation experienced by the farmers.