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Dani partake in a system of cultivation and is labor intensive this system is based on irrigation by supplying land with water by the means of ditches and these irrigated fields are located in the Aike bottom valley A subsistence system that the Dani partake in is pig rearing every Dani household has a pig Young children are given the responsibility to herd the pigs and to feed them Pigs are the main sources of protein and they are often left to their own devices they usually scavenge courtyards and clean up garbage from meals leaving their own feces Heider 37 1997 They are also used to trade with the Jal people for wood or finer forest product Pigs are mostly helpful when they clean out the weeds and excess materials from the fields and replace that with their own waste this creates a rich fertilizer which is used to continuously harvest the Aike fields Pig theft is an issue and can cause conflict thefts can often be resolved quickly with payment of a couple of pigs in retribution but theft across alliances or confederations can be contributed to the already standing tension the theft of a pig could eventually bring warfare The system of irrigation is the common form of swidden cultivation the Grand Valley land is cultivated until it reaches fertility and when fertility diminishes it is abandoned until fertility is restored The irrigation system is based on digging small ditches to channel water from small streams When there is a dry period these ditches serve a purpose of watering the crop Different genders are responsible for different ways of caring of the crop women weed and prune the sweet potato vines and toss trash into the ditches which over time become enriched Later men clear everything with sticks and stone adzes they let it dry for a few days and then burn it the ash dissolves and creates nutrients for the
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