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Swale Project
Swale Project
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Outside Talupula Mandal, Talupula, Andhra Pradesh, IN
Climate zone:
Dry Tropical

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Swale Project

Project Type

Rural, Commercial, Demonstration

Project Summary

This water harvesting project was carried out at the request of the Green Tree Foundation of Talupula, AP, India.

Project Description

Seven acres of land were developed so that the farmer/owner could convert a dry hillside from seasonal pigeon pea production to a more profitable mango crop.

Over 400 metres of swales were dug capable of capturing over 1 million litres of water. As a result of the swales, they have been able to establish mango trees, nitrogen-fixing Cassia siamea and other species on the site without the aid of additional irrigation. The swales have also vastly increase Tamarind production on trees beneath the swales. Additionally, the swales have allowed an anemic well that had been dug beneath the site before the the project began to fill up with water.

After the site had been completed, the approach taken was copied by a mining company rehabilitating land they had disturbed in a uranium mining operation.


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