It was good to see the fruits of labor related to the cooperation of NEICORD with a dozen communities in the Partharkhmah area just south of Guhawati. With NEICORD involvement, since 2009, dozens of farmers have been experimenting with the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and Sloping Agriculture Technology (SALT) in addition to another couple of hundred persons who have begun making small kitchen gardens. Practically all of the persons interviewed expressed satisfaction with their endeavors with intentions to continue as well as promote such approaches among their families and neighbors.
Similar to the West African zai holes, some of the Garo make similar holes filled with a mixture of soil and manure. Prijilla, the gardener, observes that vegetable crops planted on raised beds seem to grow a bit faster. However, if water is short, the raised beds dry out much more quickly. Therefore, the zai holes help extend soil moisture for dry season gardens.