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close this bookBetter Farming Series 15 - Cereals (FAO - INADES, 1977, 51 p.)
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close this folderWhat are food crops?
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View the documentWhat cereals are grown in Africa?
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View the documentWhy we should produce and sell more cereals
View the documentTraditional cereal growing
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View the documentClearing land and grubbing out trees
View the documentConserving and improving the soil
View the documentApplying manure and fertilizers
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View the documentSelecting and preparing seeds
View the documentSowing in rows
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close this folderSorghum and millet
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close this folderMillet
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View the documentGrowing sorghum in the dry season
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close this folderMaize
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View the documentTraditional maize growing
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close this folderOther cereals
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View the documentFinger millet
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To live, man must eat.

· At one time men gathered and picked the fruits, leaves, and seeds of trees and plants. To get meat and fish they hunted and fished.

· But nowadays hunting, fishing and food gathering are no longer enough to feed all the people. Crops have to be grown to provide food. These crops are called food crops.

· Nowadays the inhabitants of African villages grow many food crops.

They grow mainly:

· cereals such as sorghum, millet, rice, maize;
· tubers such as yams, sweet potatoes, cocoyams, tania, potatoes;
· root crops such as cassava;
· legumes such as cow peas, Bambarra groundnuts, groundnuts and soybeans;
· bananas and plantains.

In this book/et we study only cereals.

We shall deal with other food crops in other booklets.