Unplowed Land-Unplowed Agriculture

Situated west of my home is the Khanamukh area of Western Jalukbari. Khanamukh, adjacent to the west, is home to the Deepor Beel and the Brahmaputra-connected Khanajan. Although there are a few old settlements on both sides, it is envisioned that the place will be fully inhabited. Nevertheless, the remnants of the beautiful natural world continue to bring joy to the mind, captivating the eyes.

Khanamukh is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, with the Deepor Beel being a prominent feature of the area. The Deepor Beel is a freshwater lake that serves as a vital habitat for numerous bird species, including several endangered species. The lake is also an important wetland area and has been designated as a Ramsar site, highlighting its international importance for biodiversity conservation.

The Khanajan River, which is connected to the Brahmaputra, adds to the scenic beauty of the area. The river provides a lifeline to the surrounding communities, supporting agriculture, fishing, and transportation. The fertile lands along the banks of the Khanajan River are dotted with lush greenery, adding to the natural charm of the area.

Despite the growing urbanization and development in the region, Khanamukh has managed to retain much of its natural allure. The presence of the Deepor Beel and the Khanajan River serves as a reminder of the rich biodiversity and ecological importance of the area. Efforts are being made to preserve and protect these natural treasures for future generations to enjoy.

As one looks towards the west from my home, the beauty of Khanamukh unfolds, offering a glimpse into the harmonious coexistence of nature and human settlements. The area’s serene landscapes and diverse wildlife continue to inspire awe and admiration, making Khanamukh a truly enchanting place to behold.

The land behind our house is a small plot of land. Various medicinal plants have been planted in the vegetable garden. When I was studying at Gauhati University’s Chouhad hostel, my residence was surrounded by a forest of trees. In that area, there were 75 different types of plants. Unfortunately, the area was then converted to agricultural land.

It would be good if the land around the residence is converted into a small forest, as it would make it possible to cultivate two types of crops. The good thing is that most of the residents of Guwahati, the largest city, have the opportunity to enjoy the convenience of living in Khanamukh without the need for unplowed vegetable farming. Some people even cultivate various crops in their home garden. From the perspective of urban environment, I can call it an indicative tradition.

Almost every day, some time is spent on the soil of the backyard. Whether you want to enjoy the fragrance of blooming flowers or the color of tender leaves, the garden offers it all. The roots of the tree and the design of the leaf are maintained in the garden. The flowering plants bloom and I pick the ripe fruits and enjoy them. Although there were student boys and girls studying, the agricultural activities were an enjoyable chapter in our daily routine.

For the people who live in the vicinity, this small home garden is very useful. Not only do we like it, but we can also be satisfied. The residents of the house are also able to keep themselves busy with various activities such as gathering green leaves, herbs, fruits, and collecting leaves from the Lao Kumari tree, which can be used to make compost. From the perspective of urban residents, unplowed agriculture in Khanamukh is a pleasant and enjoyable chapter in our daily routine.

For the people who live in the vicinity, this small home garden is very useful. Not only do we like it, but we can also be satisfied. The residents of the house are also able to keep themselves busy with various activities such as gathering green leaves, herbs, fruits, and collecting leaves from the Lao Kumari tree, which can be used to make compost. From the perspective of urban residents, unplowed agriculture in Khanamukh is a pleasant and enjoyable chapter in our daily routine.

The existence of unplowed natural land in a complex urban environment can be very beneficial in many ways. If properly managed, it can contribute to meeting the needs of the local food supply, providing habitat for some small animals, and even helping to reduce heat through the creation of a small canopy. By keeping the environment clean and tidy, it can also contribute to enhancing the beauty of the surroundings.

The concept of unplowed agriculture in Khanamukh serves as a testament to the harmonious coexistence of nature and urban life. While the city bustles with its fast-paced routines, these small pockets of greenery offer a tranquil retreat and a reminder of our deep-rooted connection to the land. It is essential to cherish and preserve such spaces, not just for their practical benefits but also for the sense of peace and balance they bring to our lives.