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Aridity, Sahel, metric tons, cereal grains, agricultural development

Aridity and erosion seriously hamper agricultural development, and most farming is concentrated in southern and southwestern Burkina Faso. Leading food crops, with 2001 production amounts in metric tons, were cereal grains, including sorghum, millet, rice, and corn (2.3 million); and pulses (72,000 metric tons). The chief cash crop was cotton (300,000 metric tons), which accounts for a large share of the countryís export income. The principal wealth of Burkina Faso is its livestock: 4.7 million cattle, 8.4 million goats, 6.6 million sheep, 610,287 pigs, 23,906 horses and asses, and 21.8 million poultry. Efforts were under way to rebuild the nationís livestock industry following severe losses due to the recurrent drought in the region known as the Sahel between the late 1960s and early 1980s.



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Aridity, Sahel, metric tons, cereal grains, agricultural development, millet, sorghum, goats, erosion, farming, corn, pigs, rice, cotton, sheep, horses, asses, cattle, region, way

 
 

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