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Documentation of Traditional Knowledge & Best Practices:

Meghalaya is rich in traditional knowledge and best practices practised by indigenous tribes in which many of them are of old age traditions. Many of these knowledge and practices were closely related to their livelihood. With modern technology especially in agriculture, such practices have gradually depleting from the community. Documentation of such traditional knowledge has attracted increasing attention in recent years from governments and cultural institutions as well as from indigenous peoples and local communities. In order to facilitate such knowledge and practices the Centre strongly play a part in preserving those treasures by documenting such practices from time to time and maintaining them in the form of pamphlets or in near future as an organized data set, such as paper files, digital databases and traditional knowledge digital library.

Table : List of Traditional knowledge and Practices documented By BRDC

Knowledge Documented

Commencement period





Soap production from Sapindus mucorossi (Soap Nut)

September 2015




3 best practices such as Indigenous Air Layering Method for Khasi Mandarin, propagation of tree tomato and Indigenous Method of Banana Propagation have been published and the rest are yet to be published

Traditional Fermentation of Tungrymbai (Soyabean)


Package and practices of Sticky Rice From Jaintia Hills


Sung Valley

Smoked Fish Production



Package and practices of traditional tomato cultivation at Laitkynsew

July 2015




Documentation on the Package and practices of sticky rice from Ri Bhoi


Ri Bhoi



In addition to these, the Centre had also documented the following:

  1. Air layering method of Khasi Mandarin (Orange) Propagation, Nongkwai, Pynursla Block, EKH
  2. Air layering method of Litchi Propagation, Umsyiem, Pynursla Block, EKH
  3. Traditional propagation of Banana, Rasong, Mawkynrew Block, EKH
  4. Traditional propagation of Tree Tomato, Jongksha, Mawkynrew Block, EKH


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