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Title: Indigenous Technological Knowledge on soil and water management from Himachal Himalaya
Authors: Lal, Chaman
Verma, L R
Keywords: Traditional Knowledge
Soil management
Water management
Himachal Himalaya, Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh
Issue Date: Jul-2008
Publisher: CSIR
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Abstract: Over a millennium indigenous people of Himachal Pradesh have evolved a large number of practices locally called Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK) relating to soil and water management systems suitable for different agroclimatic conditions of the state. The ITK regarding soil and water management systems were collected and compiled through PRA and household interviews in the remote and rural area of Himachal Pradesh. In several parts of the Himachal Himalaya, villages are located at the foothills or in the valleys. Villagers often harvest rainwater by building small water storage ponds commonly called chal. In hills, there is traditional practice to plough the fields early in the morning before dew or fog is evaporated for the conservation of water. Spring water is collected in small reservoirs scattered at intervals on the high uplands and then drawing water from these ponds when required. Heavy snow is melted with the help of ash. Ash is spread / broadcasted over field for weed control, surface soil crust breaking, and making soil more porous by conserving the rainwater. In Kinnaur district, soil mulching is done with Pinus, Chilgoza needles and grasses from the kandas/hill top. Mulching conserves soil moisture in the field and also helps in maintaining the soil temperature. In the lower areas of Himachal Pradesh during the rainy season, roof water is collected in dugout structures known as diggi in Kangra and khatis in Hamirpur and Bilaspur district. Khatis provides stored water, which is the main source of water. Farmers have been managing soil and water by making arrangements for the safe disposal of excess water.
Page(s): 485-493
ISSN: 0972-5938
Source:IJTK Vol.07(3) [July 2008]

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