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Borno home of fishing AGRICULTURE 1$ thl' mam OCcup.ttioo of Homo SUIC'_It Involve 80 per CC'fII of tht' popo l.llon l'.rmmg. fish Ing I nd I nl m,,1 h usbandry "'rr~ t thl' main .. grialflura l acll vilies In the st..,le !"he "f'y agrkultu rD pro-d uC1! or Ih t' 5 .... 1t' m dudl!: millet, sor g hum , w hea l , rill', DUlfISOl'S, d l r~ fru itJl, v~~ lablf', g um-Arab ic,. onions, e.rrou. RTou ndnuUr, berrin f'le, Tfil' s lale h .. eon!lOl id a t ed lis hold In t '-lI ~a5

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" lion. \ de<;I"", saId N '8C'ri' !lU51 110(' II -food R H-!!Iuff,\ It>flt iI"1d ('_porlmlt na ti on ~ NI~enll l .. lrn- world·5 lIrJt ,·"1 ,mrorl ll'r (If ricll', al 2_3 "I II "", Ions a ) lI'.r and ('{"onump lron of 4 9 mI llion h.nl. Iccord ln !lj 10 Ihll' Untted "'.aln !)rpart nM!flt of i\~ric u l t u rC' Dll'mand In Ih" "ulll r y \00 1\1 t"l' 35 m il lion t."'~ hI· 2050. Ad~lna .saId N'J(e "l Im porls 2 I m il · 1 ,~'In 10'l5 o f neC' VlI'a ri v .nd

Will produ~e C' no ugh g raI n In fou r Vt'M" 10 covt'r il" nl'flt~. WhK h wou ld a llow II to t'''port In o lh" Wesl Afri can cnun lnf"'i a nd ro mf"l'tt' With Th.ll.nd . n d Ind ... Adl"llN saId l"'M fa rm will ~Irt'kh O\l'r :lO.IXl) h«ta res 174.IJ21crl'S)m TarabiroStal1l' About qo pt'f Ct'Ht of thl' lind w llll:'C! ~!lled by conlract flltmt'n and the> rest Will be rU ll il~ II ('nrpol""lt' fa rm and Inr InulllOg purpose5. according IfJ Ih(,51"lemertl The farm will rt'qu lr t' 15.000 \Oo-orln-5 Dominion Farm" I'

AgnC\litu~ accounts 1« .... per cenl o f gross dome!lh c r roduct, and conlribules 10 .boul n pt'f Cftl l of ilil emp lovmf' nl In N lgf' ria, Adt'sr na Siud Africa·, lop Otl rrodlla'f "f'"ld,,-wC'1I OV('fN I J Inlhon ,,""\ally 10 linport the lour boI5IC foOd ilt'm5 Of ... hN l, n..~, suga.r and fish..

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'Old ractices hamper food production'

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THE NATION, 09 MARCH, 2012  

'Old pErossioractices hamper food production'

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