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Title: Namdung (Perilla ocymoides): A bioculturally rich plant in food and livelihood security of Adi women in Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Himalaya
Authors: Singh, Ranjay K
Singh, Anamika
Bhardwaj, Rakesh
Keywords: Adi women;Namdung plant;Foods and nutrition;Ethnomedicine;Biocultural value;Livelihoods;Conservation;Arunachal Pradesh
Issue Date: Jan-2012
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. Cl.8: A61K 36/00, A01G 1/00, A01G 17/00, A47G 19/00, A23L 1/00, A23L 1/06, A23L 2/02
Abstract: Arunachal Pradesh is considered to be an abode of biocultural diversity in the world. The state is diverse in climates, native cultures and tremendous diversity of plant resources. Looking to the importance of plant resources in food, nutrition and livelihood security, this study was conducted with Adi women on Namdung plant (Perilla ocymoides). Objectives were to explore food, cultural and ethnomedicinal values of Namdung. Data were collected from 180 rural Adi women from 6 villages of East Siang district and secondary sources also. Primary data of study was collected using PRA (participatory rural appraisal) techniques and conventional methods. Study reveals that Namdung has great food, ethnomedicinal and cultural values for Adi women. This is being used from time immemorial and considered to be a medicinal plant, particularly for pregnant ladies. With regards to use and other biocultural value of Namdung plant, knowledge variability was observed among younger and elder Adi women. Namdung plant has been found of great value for promoting livelihoods through generation of micro-enterprises with the help of self help groups (SHGs). Some of the outstanding Adi women, including Mrs Orik Ralen and Mrs Y J Lego played great roles in promoting conservation of Namdung. This could be possible through their efforts in mobilizing other Adi women in order to influence conservation and sustainability of Namdung, and through value addition and linking with local market. There is need for blending traditional methods of conservation and cultivation of this plant with formal agronomic practices so that productivity of Namdung could be enhanced in order to meet the demand of local population and enhance further conservation.
Page(s): 143-149
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.11(1) [January 2012]

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