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Economy, Agriculture and Fishing

peanut products, sisal, coastal villages, fish catch, citrus fruits

Some 82 percent of the working population of The Gambia is engaged in agriculture. Rice and millet, as well as cattle, sheep, goats, and poultry, are raised for local consumption. Peanuts are grown primarily for export; the crop amounted to 126,000 metric tons in 2001. The sale of peanuts and peanut products accounted for about three-quarters of total yearly domestic exports by value in the 1990s. The government has introduced the raising of cotton, sisal, citrus fruits, and tobacco to diversify agricultural production. The coastal villages engage in fishing. In 1997 the fish catch was 32,258 metric tons, mostly from marine waters.



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