Chena-Paddy Interrelationships

  • W. P. T. Silva
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Chena cultivation is the local name for the system of shifting agriculture which is generally practised on the unirrigable land of the dry zone of Sri Lanka (see Glossary; B. H. Farmer, 1954; E. F. L. Abeyratne, 1956). As seen in Hambantota District it constitutes the clearing and burning of the forest cover over a selected area of land, cultivating for one or two years in the Maha season with a variety of crops, and abandoning the clearing for five to eight years before using it again.


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