8 similarities between rotational bush fallowing and shifting cultivation

8 similarities between rotational bush fallowing and shifting cultivation

shifting bush fallowing is an advanced form of shifting cultivation replacing tradition shifting cultivation because of population increase leading to scarcity of land and need for agricultural modernisation. it involves farmers moving from one plot to another when land loses fertility but on the same area on rotational basis

on the other hand, shifting cultivation is the subsistence farming involving farmers moving from on place to another when the soil loses fertility. it is mostly practised in sparsely populated areas.

The following are similarities between rotational bush fallowing and shifting cultivation

  • subsistence crops are grown in the both system e.g cassava, beans and potatoes
  • they both use bush burning for clearing land
  • they both grow cereal and annual crops which are harvested within the year
  • they are both practised in areas with low population
  • they both use low technology like the use of hoes and machetes
  • they both depend on environmental factors and use limited amount of fertilizers or irrigation
  • they use traditional methods of farming
  • they use small plots leading to low production

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