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Economy, Agriculture and Fishing

important cash crop, Subsistence agriculture, overgrazing, Commercial fisheries, sweet potatoes

Subsistence agriculture is the main means of livelihood. Chief food crops are sweet potatoes, cassava, bananas, beans, and maize. The most important cash crop is coffee. Cotton and tea are also grown for export. In 2001 livestock numbered 315,000 cattle, 540,000 goats, and 110,000 sheep. Social and cultural importance is attached to the ownership of large cattle herds. They are, however, economically underutilized and overgrazing has contributed to soil erosion. Commercial fisheries and subsistence fishing around Lake Tanganyika supply domestic demand.



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important cash crop, Subsistence agriculture, overgrazing, Commercial fisheries, sweet potatoes, cassava, bananas, soil erosion, goats, beans, maize, tea, coffee

 
 

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