In Assam, Searching for New Crops and Farming Methods for Depleted Soil

New York Times: For generations, the annual monsoon cycle blessed the upper Assam village of Boralapar with ideal conditions for paddy farming. Moderate annual flooding of the Dorpang River, a small tributary of the Brahmaputra River, enhanced the rich, loamy soil with a yearly booster dose of river-borne nutrients. But over the past decade, upland deforestation and repeated embankment failure have turned the Dorpang vicious. Volatile flash floods can last for days, drowning paddy and burying fields under sand......

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