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Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK) for Production and Protection of Vegetables, Plantation, Cash and Fruit Crops in Assam, India


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Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK) related to production and protection of horticultural crops has been practiced by the ancestors over centuries. The collection, compilation, documentation and scientific evaluation of these ITK should be undertaken for use by the present and future generations. While documenting the ITK methods commonly practiced by the farming communities of Assam, 14 ITK methods related to vegetables, 10 each to plantation and cash crops, and 11 to fruit crop production and protection were identified, primarily through a semi-structured questionnaire, and these are discussed in this article for their usefulness for sustainable agriculture.

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Cash Crop, Fruit Crop, Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK), Plantation Crop, Plant Protection, Vegetables.
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  • Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK) for Production and Protection of Vegetables, Plantation, Cash and Fruit Crops in Assam, India

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Authors

Lakshmi Kanta Hazarika
Department of Entomology, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat – 785013, Assam, India
Surajit Kalita
Department of Entomology, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat – 785013, Assam, India

Abstract


Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK) related to production and protection of horticultural crops has been practiced by the ancestors over centuries. The collection, compilation, documentation and scientific evaluation of these ITK should be undertaken for use by the present and future generations. While documenting the ITK methods commonly practiced by the farming communities of Assam, 14 ITK methods related to vegetables, 10 each to plantation and cash crops, and 11 to fruit crop production and protection were identified, primarily through a semi-structured questionnaire, and these are discussed in this article for their usefulness for sustainable agriculture.

Keywords


Cash Crop, Fruit Crop, Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK), Plantation Crop, Plant Protection, Vegetables.

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