|Better Farming Series 15 - Cereals (FAO - INADES, 1977, 51 p.)|
|What are food crops?|
We grow cereals for their grain.
· Cereal grains are rich foods.
They are energy foods. To live, work, walk, men need plenty of energy, plenty of strength. Cereal grains give this strength.
They are body- building foods. Men need to eat such builder foods in order to grow, to make their bodies, their skin and muscles. These builder foods are the proteins. Cereal grains contain lots of protein.
· Cereal grains are good food
· for people. The inhabitants of savanna regions live mainly on millet. In all African countries rice has become a very important food.
· for animals. When animal power is used in farm work, the animals have to be well fed. To make the animals strong, we give them millet or maize as a feed supplement. Maize can also be given to chickens and pigs.
Cereals can be grown in order to give their green stems to animals. With the green stems you can make hay and silage (See the course on animal husbandry).