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Intensively cultivated land

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This type of land cover includes areas of intensively cultivated peasant mixed agriculture as well as state farms.

The intensively cultivated peasant mixed agriculture area accounts for about 10.3% of the total area of the country and includes land used for rainfed peasant cultivation of grains as well as sedentary peasant livestock grazing.

The major areas of this type of land use are found on the highlands of Tigray, Gonder, Gojam, Welo, Shewa, Arsi and parts of highland Harerge, northern Bale and central Welega.

In these regions it is estimated that about 70% of the land is under annual crops during the rainy season and about 25% of mostly fallow land is used for grazing. The grazing land is excessively overstocked and hardly any tree vegetation is visible.

The state farms account for nearly 0.2% of the total area of the country. Thy are found mostly in the lowlands either as irrigated cultivation of mainly cotton, sugar cane and horticultural crops or as rainfed cultivation of cereals.

(Source: National Atlas of Ethiopia)

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