Definition of shifting cultivation in English:

shifting cultivation

Syllabification: shift·ing cul·ti·va·tion
(also shifting agriculture)


  • A form of agriculture, used especially in tropical Africa, in which an area of ground is cleared of vegetation and cultivated for a few years and then abandoned for a new area until its fertility has been naturally restored.
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    • Many slash-and-burn farmers are in a rapid transition from shifting cultivation to settled hill-rice agriculture and even to intensive farming.
    • This thinly populated area has 237 villages of which 205 have settlements and the remaining are abandoned due to shifting cultivation habit among the tribals.
    • They practise shifting cultivation, periodically clearing the forest to grow millet, maize and pulses.

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