State some characteristics of Primitive Subsistence Farming.

Answer:

Primitive subsistence farming is still practised in a few pockets of India. Primitive subsistence farming is known by different names in different parts of India.

  • Primitive subsistence farming uses community or family labour.
  • Primitive subsistence farming makes use of primitive tools like digging sticks, dao, and hoe.
  • Primitive subsistence farming is practised on small patches of land.
  • Primitive subsistence farming depends upon different environmental conditions, natural fertility of the soil, and the monsoon.
  • Primitive subsistence farming is slash and burn agriculture.
  • To sustain their families, the farmers produce food crops and cereals by clearing a patch of land.
  • Farmers clear and shift the land for cultivation when the soil fertility reduces.
  • Primitive subsistence farming allows the soil to replenish itself through natural processes.
  • In Primitive subsistence farming, the productivity of land is low as the farmers do not utilise modern inputs or fertilisers.

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