Agro biodiversity and traditional agriculture practices in mountainous Kedarnath Valley Garhwal Himalaya India


Traditional agriculture practice is the main occupation of people of the mountainous Kedarnath Valley It is also source of income of majority of the families in Kedarnath Valley The present study was focused on the collection of agriculture and horticulture data through field visits and various methods including questionnaire personal interviews direct interaction with the villagers and group discussion A wide verity of cereals millets vegetables pulses and fruits has been recorded from the Kedarnath Valley Altogether plant species belonging to genera and families from cereals and millets crops plant species belonging to genera and families from vegetable crops plant species belonging to genera and one family from pulses and plant species belonging to genera and families from fruits have been recorded Main agriculture crops in the Valley are paddy finger millet barnyard millet maize wheat barley amaranatha and vegetables all types of pulses oilseeds and fruits Among vegetables potato carrot onion tomato all types of leaf vegetables pumpkin brinzal pea ladyfinger radish garlic ginger and bitter gourd are grown widely All varieties of fruits are also grown in the Valley The main fruits are orange malta orange plum vilayati and local peach apricot lemon mango and pear According to traditionally accepted criteria agriculture land in the region is identified as irrigated locally known as sera or Gangarh and rainfed locally known as Ukhar or danda The present study aims at discussing agro biodiversity and traditional agriculture practices including cropping patterns harvesting seasons production of crops key problems of agriculture and suggesting some important measures for improving traditional farming system which can promote sustainability in terms food security and livelihood security

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