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.

Shifting cultivation is a dominant land use system in humid tropical high lands where steep slopes is a potential barrier for rain water harvesting for agriculture. It is the main stay of the economy of the hill people. As per Ministry of Rural Development, Govt.

Recently Naga King Chili was rediscovered by the world scientific community when it was declared as the hottest chili of the world. Interestingly this particular type of chili with its unique hotness and aroma is native to the northeastern part of India, more particularly to Nagaland.

The Soliga tribe in the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Hills of Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka has maintained a continuous and intimate interaction with the forest, deriving most of its basic requirements from the forests.

The Barak Basin of northeastern India covers the states of Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. The rich and diversified vegetation of the region is facing perturbation in recent years and large tracts of forest are being converted to non-forest.

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Shillong: Meghalaya Forest Department on Sunday blamed the depletion of forest cover for the increasing man-elephant conflict in the state and in Garo and Khasi hill regions of the bordering Assam.

At least 15 people have been killed by marauding elephants in the State alone in the last five years.