|Better Farming Series 15 - Cereals (FAO - INADES, 1977, 51 p.)|
|What are food crops?|
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.