Subsistence crop

Subsistence crop

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  • Hi Bob, Its been long .How are you? I heard you started a new farm, how is it going
  • It is going ok .I wanted to ask you something Can you please explain subsistence agriculture to me .
  • So basically, The type of agriculture that is practiced for the domestic consumption of the farmers is called subsistence agriculture. They may sell or exchange their product
  • Oh okay. I have heard that there are two types of subsistence agriculture primitive and intensive but what all types are included inside these types of agriculture?
  • Primitive subsistence agriculture includes shifting cultivation and nomadic herding. Shifting cultivation is practiced by tribals living in dense tropical forests of Congo Basin, Amazon Basin etc. They clear patch of area by cutting and burning trees and bushes. That is why it is also called slash and burn agriculture. Tools used in this cultivation include hoes and sticks. Crops like tapioca, cassava etc. are grown along with millet and beans. This cultivation leads to deforestation and soil erosion. Therefore its banned in many countries.
  • Oh wow. What about nomadic herding
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  • Nomadic herding is practiced by nomads who gaze their animals on natural pastures. They move from one place to another in search of fodder and water supply. They raise animals like cattle, sheep, yaks etc. It is confined in sparsely populated areas were vegetation is mainly grass. It is practiced in Sahara dessert, northern Eurasia and southwest Africa.
  •  Can you also tell me about intensive subsistence agriculture?
  • Intensive subsistence agriculture is practiced in densely populated regions mainly in china japan and India. Major crops grown in this method are sugarcane, millet, rice.
  • Thank you so much for explaining this to me .I understood it very well.
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