The slasb-and-burn method of cultivation is ecologically disastrous
and economically fruitless for the
tribals. To provide a viable alternative to this shifting cultivation, the
Social Forestry Project of Orissa in
collaboration with the Swedish
International Development Agency
chose 14 landless tribals in
Bhatiguda village of the state as beneficiaries under Forest Fanning for
Rural Poor programme on an experimental basis (The Indian Forester,
Vol 121; No 5).
Each beneficiary family was provided financial support and half a hectare of plantation to raise agricultural crops in the space between rows of plants. The tribals completely abandoned shifting cultivation.
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