Here in dry arid tropical climate , Republic of Mali (Western Africa). My family has a 24 hectares field. We have been able to fence 2 hectares and a borewell with a LOT of water (17 cubic meters per hour).
I wanted to know what you were thinking about my strategy for cash crops.
- Dry Arid / Tropical Climate (3-4 months raining season)
- Mostly Sandy Soil
- Lots of Shea Trees on the field (19 in the 2 hectares fenced area)
- Lots of Water : Borewell with 17 cubic meters per hour
- A 100 persons approximately in my family, money is necessitated for educational purposes mostly (public school is terrible).
My strategy : - Split the 2 hectares in 3 :
- 1st part to grow lemon trees irrigated on a regular basis so they can provide fruits all year long
- 2nd part : Banana crops
- 3rd part : A root crop to take advantage of the sandy soil, Cassava would be one option but it doesn't require that much irrigation. Also considering niche that have some kind of a market here (strawberries, herbs, ....)
Regarding the non fenced remaining 22 hectares. Planning to build a living hedge little by little :
- Take advantage of the numerous shea trees already present on the field
- Plant many Cashew Trees as well (loves sandy soil i think, great in my climate)
- Plant some Custard Apple Trees (loves the climate as well)
- Puts a lot of beehives
- Long term wise : plant some timber species
My questions are the following regarding that strategy :
- Is there another cash crop particularly suited to my dry arid climate that I haven't considered here ?
- Is 3-4 cash crops enough ? Too much ?
- Is it a good enough use of the huge amount of water I have in my borewell.
- Are those crops (lemon, banana, cashew,...) going to adapt fairly well to my future climate ?