Papaya is a widely seen tree in homes and gardens everywhere, offering numerous health benefits. This high demand and its advantages drive farmers to grow papaya. By adopting papaya trees, farmers can earn a good amount of money and increase their economic status simultaneously.
Moreover, cultivating papaya trees proves relatively easy, making them a popular fruit tree in tropical and subtropical regions globally. With their large, palm-like leaves and year-round fruit production, these trees provide a consistent supply of this tropical delight.
Impact in Numbers
Carbon Fixed 50 Kgs.
CO2 reduction from the atmosphere by 200 Kgs.
Increase in farmer income by 4000 INR per year per tree after fruiting.
- Utilization of Vertical Space: Papaya trees enable farmers to optimize land use by utilizing vertical space in their agroforestry systems. Also, planting papayas alongside other crops or trees with varying canopy heights maximizes productivity.
- Shade Regulation: The broad leaves of papaya trees create partial shade, regulating sunlight exposure for shade-tolerant crops or young seedlings. Strategically positioning papayas in the agroforestry system helps create microclimates suited to different plant species.
- Nutrient Cycling: With extensive root systems, papayas access nutrients from lower soil layers, contributing to nutrient cycling and enhancing overall soil fertility in the agroforestry system.
- Pest Control: Incorporating papaya trees in mixed agroforestry models takes advantage of their natural pest repellents, reducing the need for synthetic pesticides and promoting ecological balance.
- Biodiversity Promotion: The presence of papaya trees in agroforestry systems promotes biodiversity, attracting beneficial insects, birds, and wildlife, leading to a more balanced and resilient ecosystem.
- Income Diversification: By integrating papayas into mixed agroforestry models, farmers diversify their income sources, benefitting from continuous fruit production and reducing reliance on a single crop.
- Environmental Sustainability: Agroforestry systems with papaya trees contribute to environmental sustainability, preventing soil erosion, improving water infiltration, and increasing water retention. Moreover, the shade provided by papaya trees reduces evaporation, promoting efficient water use.
The project team measures the impact created on wildlife and farmers. Data is captured at regular intervals and analyzed by comparing it with the previous data on the same parameters calculated a few months ago. The change is then measured against the planned results.
The project reports are prepared and sent to the contributors. The report covers the following
1) Trees status as of the last visit made.
2) Any mortality in the trees planted.
3) Carbon fixed in MT from the start of the project.
4) Economic impact on the farmers.
5) Ecological impact created.