Jhuming or shifting cultivation, popularly known as Sweden cultivation or cultivation of slash and burn, is the most prevalent form of cultivation in the hill areas of Bangladesh. Most tribal people are well acquainted with this type of farming. Jhuming is practiced on sloppy hills outside reserve forests. In Jhuming, seeds are sown after the first rain in April. A broad blade knife is used to sow the seeds. Crops are harvested in succession as they ripe between July and December. After that, the whole hill is burnt to make space for cultivating next year.
Although the farmers claim that the burnt grasses act as compost and make the soil more fertile, studies have showed that harmful results of Jhum cultivation include reduction of soil fertility, erosion of land, deforestation, and siltation of rivers and lakes. And at the end the burning process seriously affects inhabitant wild life and endemic animal kingdom.
Humans have been disturbing the nature since the civilization begins. And the same aggression goes on...
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