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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 4)
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Agro-diversity of East Siang-Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Himalaya

J.Y. Yumnam, S.I. Bhuyan, M.L. Khan and O.P. Tripathi
Corresponding Author:  Jimmy Yumnam Yumnam 

Key words:  Adi tribe, cultivated crops, East Siang, Eastern Himalaya, North Eastern India, semi-domesticated plants, wild plants
Vol. 3 , (4): 317-326
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2011 May, 02 2011 May, 27 2011 July, 20
Abstract:

Besides cultivation and semi-domestication of crops, Adi people collect lot of wild vegetables from nearby forests to meet their daily requirement. Qualitative and quantitative data in the present study were collected through field survey and personal interview using standard questionnaires. Altogether, 152 plant species belonging to 95 genera and 39 families were encountered during the study period. They were broadly divided into three categories as cultivated crops (72), semi-domesticated plants (41) and wild plants (39). Vegetables and pulses formed the most frequent mode of uses followed by spices and condiments, cereals and oil seeds. Species diversity based on the habit of the plant revealed that herbs were the most dominant habit followed shrubs, climbers and trees. Based on the plant part uses, leaves formed the most frequently used part followed by fruits, seeds etc. Cultivation is mainly of sustenance in nature rather than for commercial purposes. Most of the agricultural crops are imported from other states mainly Assam. Hence, commercial and proper cultivation of cultivated crops, semi-domesticated plants without losing the traditional value along with scientific approaches and sustainable collection of wild plants are very essential at this stage for welfare of the society in particular and region in general.
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J.Y. Yumnam, S.I. Bhuyan, M.L. Khan and O.P. Tripathi, 2011. Agro-diversity of East Siang-Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Himalaya.  Asian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 3(4): 317-326.
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