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African swine fever, Organization of American States, vetiver, sisal, coconuts

Most of Haitiís farmers work subsistence plots of land that produce small amounts of cash crops. Soil erosion and overworked land are major agricultural problems, while hurricanes and drought have also taken their toll. Coffee, sugarcane, sisal, and fruit are the major commercial crops, while beans, rice, corn, and sorghum are the main food crops. Coffee is the major agricultural export. Sugarcane, cotton, sisal, coconuts, and vetiver (a grass that yields oils used in the manufacture of perfume) are raised on plantations revitalized by loans from the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations (UN) in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Chickens are the most common livestock, but some cattle and goats are also raised. The countryís pig population was decimated when African swine fever swept through Haiti in the early 1980s.



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African swine fever, Organization of American States, vetiver, sisal, coconuts, Soil erosion, OAS, sorghum, drought, beans, plantations, sugarcane, corn, loans, rice, cattle, oils, hurricanes, grass, cotton, fruit, Coffee, United Nations

 
 

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