Ammomum plantation inside rain forest
Drift sand fields
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plantations inside rain forests
Ammomum villosum is a ginger species which is frequently used in Chinese
medicine. The species grows best under shade and in the micro climate
of a rain forest Xishuangbanna's hill tribes are producing Ammomum sometimes
in large scale inside the forests. It is argued that this is a destructive
form of agriculture as it does not allow undisturbed re-growth of forest
tree seedlings and other species of the under story. However, in our view,
it is still much better than the farming systems which require destruction
of the forest altogether - and which are practically all others!
Consequently, we should thank the Akha, Aini, Hani, and many other ethnic
minorities for keeping the ecosystems functions of a rain forest intact
by this unique farming system.
Ammomum is the plant on the ground. It grows to about 2 meter. The market
products are the fruits or dried seed capsules.
A farmer family in their Ammomum plantation.
Proud farmer in his Ammomum plantation. Note that the canopy of the original
forest is closed and undisturbed.
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in Yunnan is largely designed by ethnic minority people from more than
20 distinctly different ethnic communities. Wherever possible, and mainly
in the fertile lowlands, rice fields are forming the landscape.
the mountains, shifting cultivation is predominant, although it is now
gradually given up and replaced by more permanent forms of agriculture.
course, also agricultural industry has taken its toll and large mountain
areas are under sever environmental stress by destructive ways of growing
crops like sugar cane, corn, rubber, pine apple, and even the famous Puer
page depicts some of the unique land-use forms of Yunnan.
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