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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 7 Sheep husbandry among Tzotzil Indians:who learns from whom?

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 7 Sheep husbandry among Tzotzil Indians:who learns from whom? Raul Perezgrovas, Marisela Peralta and Pastor Pedraza Introduction The sale of sheep, wool and crafts provides an important source of income for Indian families The aims of agricultural technicians and in the Chiapas. Technicians from several development professionals are to help `less government agencies have tried to raise the fortunate' individuals to improve their crop or productivity of their sheep over the past few years. They attempted to introduce modern livestock production. However, it is easy to husbandry practices and highly productive picture them in the field giving instructions, sheep breeds; schemes that were effective for recommending hybrid seed, or new agrochemical/veterinary products, inspecting commercial producers in other regions. animals and writing prescriptions. But even if However in the Chiapas they have failed. The effective for the commercial producer, such Indian farmers did not understand why their knowledge and technologies are not always `sacred' sheep should be harmed by injections, culled because of their age or low adopted by peasants or smallholder farmers, productivity, or killed for meat. They did not often because they simply cannot afford to. like the newly introduced breeds of sheep ...

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