Kolkata, (Agencies): Life in the Sunderbans has changed drastically after Cyclone Aila swept through it. Some localities have adopted new farming techniques while others are rearing non-traditional livestock to cope up with the difficult situation.

Rajarshi Giri, Suchitra Jana and Sumati Mondal are some of thefarmers who have changed their farming methods to deal with the raised level of salinity in the soil after the cyclone hit the area in May 2009.

To tackle the problem, saline-tolerant paddy strains have been introduced by aid agencies.

"Not only agriculture, volunteers of the aid agencies have also encouraged fish farming by helping excavate ponds and rearing of ducks to improve their economic condition," Subhas Chandra Acharya, project coordinator of Sundarbans Affairs department of West Bengal government, said.

He claimed these simple alterations in their ways of living were slowly arming the dwellers against nature's furies which often strike the world-famous mangrove forest.

 Suchitra Jana of Pathar Pratima is amongst those who have immensely benefited from cultivating a saline-tolerant paddy variety, Dudheswar, in her small field in the Pathar Pratima block of Sundarbans.

The traditional variety needs less labour and less chemical fertiliser, the only drawback being the low yield.

Government agencies and NGOs have also trained people to prepare compost pits as well as raise livestock in a difficult situation.

Rearing goats and sheep is yet an alternative to earn a good living by small farmers and landless people.