The Garo, Khasi and Jaintia Hills region, with its unique landscape, climatic phenomenon of heavy cloud cover and torrential rainfall, and agricultural richness involving the majority of the population, has been proposed as another National Agricultural Biodiversity Heritage Site based on six indices.

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In the northeast region of India, the societal water use is less than 5 per cent of the existing potential. This leads to vast devastation, poor crop yields, constrained livelihood options, malnutrition and drudgery. The region and the households witness `water poverty

Primitive tribal communities like the Chuktia Bhunjias living in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Orissa continue to practise traditional agriculture using bio-cultural resources. Policymakers must learn from them in order to challenge the conventional model of agricultural production and food insecurity, as also about how to make development sustainable.

Kohima, Feb 18: The Nagaland Government has noted random burning of jungles in various parts of the State recently and threatened to withhold all government grants if such cases are found in any village.

To measure impact of ecological change in Chittagon Hill Tracts after the installation od dam Kaptai in 1955 on siltation, Bangladesh Water Development Board has conducted siltation study several times from 1978.

Dr. Aracely Castro of the International Center of Tropical Agriculture presents a new model of agricultural management that makes life better for farmers, the soil they till and ecosystems that surround them. Lesson one: mulch, don

JORHAT, Oct 8: The agro-forestry and eco-development scientist of Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI), Pawan K Kaushik raised his voice to implement a new policy on eco-rehabilitation of degraded jhum land addressing the socio-cultural issues and incorporating benefits of recent technological developments to improve upon the jhum practice widely prevalent in the Northeast.

The Eastern Himalayan region has been proposed as another National Agricultural Biodiversity Heritage Site, based on six indices. The region is the richest in species diversity among the northeastern states of India. It is the center of diversity for several widely distributed plant taxa and a crucible for speciation encompassing several primitive familities.

The Jeypore tract of Orissa, India is famous for the genetic diversity of Asian cultivated rice and has been considered the center of origin of aus ecotype. The landraces or traditional varieties growing here are thought to harbor dominant genes for biotic and abiotic stresses, aroma and palatability and hold promise for their utilization in future plant breeding and biotechnology programs.

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