What are the Steps of Shifting Cultivation?

By Mandeep Kumar|Updated : August 19th, 2022

The steps of Shifting Cultivation are:

  • Choose an area for planting.
  • Remove the vegetation and clear the land.
  • Burn the debris carefully.
  • After the rain, the ashes mix with the soil and provide essential nutrients.
  • Leave the old land uncropped for 10 to 25 years.
  • Cultivate the land again after 10 to 20 years.

What is Shifting Cultivation?

Shifting Cultivation is a type of farming in which a plot of land is cleared by felling the trees and burning them. Then the land is left abandoned and allows the vegetation to grow freely and the cultivators move to another plot. It is also known as ‘slash and burn’ agriculture.

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  • The steps that are involved in shifting cultivation are site selection, slashing, burning, cleaning and fencing, weeding, and harvesting.

  • Shifting cultivation is important because the crop grows faster and gets ready for harvesting early, fewer chances of crop destruction, reduction of soil-borne diseases, environment friendly, etc.

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