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|Title: ||Local soil knowledge of smallholder rice farmers: A case study in Barak Valley, Assam|
|Authors: ||Das, Tapasi|
Das, Ashesh K
|Keywords: ||Small holder Farmers;Folk Soil Taxonomy;Rice farmers;Assam;Traditional Farming System|
|Issue Date: ||Jan-2005|
|IPC Code: ||Int. Cl.7: A01B 7/00, A01G 1/00|
Smallholder farmers in traditional farming
systems are an untapped source of traditional knowledge. They are the managers
of well-preserved local soil knowledge and folk soil taxonomy. In the present
study rice farmers in Barak Valley, South Assam,
were inventorised for local soil knowledge in relation to rice farming systems.
The rice farmers were interviewed for the prevalence of folk soil taxonomy and
a total of five major soil types were recorded. Since smallholder farmers
practice their farming systems under various environmental factors, they on the
basis of their local knowledge of soil, etc. shape the crop diversity. The
study revealed that the farmers are faced with heterogeneous soil types and
hence they maintain systematic classification criteria for the nomenclature of
different soils, which was found to be positively correlated to scientific
analysis of the soils.
|ISSN: ||0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)|
|Appears in Collections:||IJTK Vol.04(1) [January 2005]|
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