Traditionally Korkus had been drawing their sustenance mainly by engaging themselves in forest produce harvesting works for a period of almost one century. They have provided labour force for all the forest conservation and development works. They have acquired skills required for harvesting forest products and used to be employed earlier for processing of forest produce to market. For them, agriculture used to be a supplementary activity. Only after 1973, the villagers acquired permanent rights on the land in their villages and have been since pursuing agriculture practices. Their land holdings are limited and majority of them hold hardly 5 acres or so per family. They do not have inclinations for dairy development.
Korku’s and Gond’s needs for the forest produce for bonafide use have been recognised and thus concession to collect the same from the forest areas are being honoured. Korkus do indulge occasionally in trapping of jungle fowls, peacocks and they occasionally indulge in even killing of herbivore like Chitals and Sambars through dogs, traps and poisoning of waterholes. Fishing, legal or illegal in one of their main passions.
As compared to Korkus, Gonds are less compatible with forest eco-system as they do indulge on a higher scale in poaching. They may even resort to killing of Gaurs. Nihals are akin to Korkus, but are known to eat meat of dead animals also found inside the forests. They are placed at a lower rung in the social hierarchy.