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Foe turn Friends: Chepangs start forest conservation

A farmer belonging to Chepang community plowing terrace in mid-hills nearing Chitwan district , south-west of Kathmandu.
A farmer belonging to Chepang community plowing terrace in mid-hills nearing Chitwan district , south-west of Kathmandu. This photo is captured to show the farming system of Chepangs in Slopy land which is very suceptible to land slide.

CHITWAN: People of the Chepang community from the remote area in Chitwan district have slowly started to conserve leasehold and community forests by abandoning their traditional slash and burn method of cultivation.

Some improvement has been seen in the economic condition of the Chepang community after the District Forest Office, Chitwan started to provide them saplings and grass for cultivation.

Dilli Maya Chepang of a remote Siddhi VDC said that leasehold forests have made it easier for them to keep cattle. She added they were thinking of planting saplings of different species of fodder trees in the area.

Assistant Forest Officer Baburam Upreti, who carried out an onsite visit in the Chepang settlements few days back, said that people of the Chepang community have preserved the saplings and seedlings of grass send by the forest office.

Upreti further said they have been able to make good income from the leasehold forest.

People of Chepang community are now involved in conservation of the community forest as the District Forest Office, Chitwan, has been providing necessary support targeting the Chepang people living in remote VDCs in the district.

Kaji Chepang, a local, said the slash and burn method of cultivation has decreased in his village and added there is still need of more support from the District Forest Office. RSS

Published Date: Sunday, March 11th, 2012 | 10:10 AM

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