What is Jhum cultivation? Where is it followed in India?


Jhum cultivation also called slash and burn agriculture is a form of crop-growing farming activity. In the North-East states, agriculture is primarily based on Jhum cultivation.

What is Jhum cultivation?

Shifting cultivation or jhum, predominantly practised in the northeastern states of India. It is an agricultural system where a farming community slashes secondary forests on a planned location, burns the slash and cultivates the land for a limited number of years. The land is then left unused and the farming community moves to the next location to repeat the process till they return back to the starting point. It has frequently been claimed that jhum has led to the loss of valuable natural resources of the region.

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