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Spineless Opuntia to combat desertification
This spineless, edible cactus is a very interesting plant for smallholder farmers in the drylands. Easy to grow from vegetative paddles, growing with a minimum of water in dry areas. Can be used to combat desertification, to limit erosion. A nice food crop (paddles, fruits) and fodder plant for livestock.
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