TNPSC Thervupettagam

Pahariya Tribes

April 26 , 2024 47 days 379 0
  • In mid-2019, four community-led seed banks were set up in the hilly districts of Pakur and Godda.
  • Earlier they bought seeds from moneylenders, who would then take two-thirds of our harvest.
  • Currently, the banks cater to more than 1,350 households in 90 villages.
  • Residents in these districts belong to the Pahariya community.
  • They practise jhum or shifting cultivation that involves clearing land by burning vegetation for farming for a few years.
  • They believed to have been derived from the word pahar meaning hills.
  • They live mainly in the states of Jharkhand and West Bengal.
  • There are also scattered groups of them in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha.

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