What is Zabo system?

The word Zabo means impounding run-off. It is a water harvesting system practised in Nagaland in north-eastern India. It is also known as theruza system, it combines water conservation with forestry, agriculture and animal care. In hilly areas, the rainwater that runs off along the slope passes through various terraces and is collected in pond-like structures in the middle terraces; below are cattle yards, and towards the foot of the hill are paddy fields, where the run-off ultimately meanders into.

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