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Title HILL AGRICULTURE: ISSUES REGARDING IRRIGATION DEVELOPMENT IN NORTH EASTERN HILL REGION
Author Name K.K.Satapathy
Abstract

The Northeastern Region - comprising of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura- occupies a total geographical area of 255803 sq. km. with hills covering a substantial part of it. The plains -not exceeding 80,000 sq. km. - are mostly located in the Brahmaputra and Barak valleys of Assam and the Manipur valley. An average of 13.40 percent of the cultivable area has been utilized so far; while as much as 90 percent of the cultivable area in Assam and Tripura are utilized, the proportion is very poor in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, and Meghalaya which have a forest area of90 percent; 62 percent and 61 percent, respectively (Anonymous 1988 ). Permanent cultivation in the plains and shifting cultivation (practiced by 4,43,336 families in an area of 386500 ha annually) in hills are the two predominant patterns of prevailing land use in the region.

Keyword North eastern region , barak valley , shifting cultivation , chemical fertilizers , irrigation potential , ,
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