Rattan as a crop
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CTA. 1986. Rattan as a crop. Spore 1. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Forest people in southeastern Borneo are producing both rattan used for making baskets, 'cane' furniture, etc and food by shifting cultivation without harming the environment, according to a report by Joseph Weinstock, published in...
Forest people in southeastern Borneo are producing both rattan used for making baskets, 'cane' furniture, etc and food by shifting cultivation without harming the environment, according to a report by Joseph Weinstock, published in Ecodevelopment News by the International Research Center on Environment and Development (ClRED) in Paris. This production system is used by the Luangan Dayaks, who clear a section of forest, burn it and plant their crops. After being used for food crop production for one or two years, the land is allowed to regenerate into forest. But before they leave, the Luanga traditionally plant climbing rattan palm trees. Seven to 15 years later,when the land is ready to be used again, the farmer returns not to unproductive forest but to a mature rattan garden. The rattan is then harvested for home use or for sale, and the forest is again cut and burned and made ready to host rice and other food crops. Rattan grows naturally in rainforests, but the planting of rattan seeds and seedlings ensures that rattan gets a head start and dominates the less desirable jungle flora.
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