jhum cultivation (English) [ IPA: [jhum] ˌkəltəˈveɪʃən ASM: [ঝুম] কাল্টিভেচন]
Contributed by: Bikram M Baruah on 2012-06-23
1. Agriculture(Abstract Noun) an agriculture practiced by the tribal groups in the northeastern states of India like Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and also in the districts of Bangladesh like Khagrachari and Sylhet. This system involves clearing a piece of land by setting fire or clear felling and using the area for growing crops of agricultural importance such as upland rice, vegetables or fruits. After a few cycles, the land loses fertility and a new area is chosen.