Organic Farming | VOL.10, ISSUE 59, MARCH-APRIL 2010

Jhum

Focus: West Khasi Hills and Ri-bhoi districts, Meghalaya

Since the earliest phase of human existence, man has always been integrally associated with nature, and thereby with land and forests. Shifting cultivation, commonly known as ‘jhum’ is one of the most ancient systems of farming believed to have originated in the Neolithic period around 7000 BC. The system is regarded as the first step in transition from food gathering and hunting to crop husbandry and is still practiced in the hilly areas of the north eastern states and in...

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