6 disadvantages of subsistence farming

Disadvantages of subsistence farming

Intensive subsistence farming is the growing of crops and rearing of animals on small scale for subsistence purpose for example growing cereal crops like cassava and beans for domestic consumption. it is mostly practised in less developed countries like Zambia and some parts of Asia

The following are disadvantages of subsistence farming

  • soil exhaustion because of mono culture for example ground nuts growing in kondoa district central Tanzania
  • pollution caused by agro based chemicals
  • bush burning leads to destruction of plant and animals

  • it leads to poverty and low economic development because of low production
  • they lead to environmental destruction because of deforestation
  • in some areas due to specialisation in one crop they has been dependence on such crops for example cocoa farming in Ghana and ground nuts farming in Zambia


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