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Rice is, of course, the staple food crop among Asian countries. Asia produces
some 60 percent of the total production of rice in the world. Except in Afghanistan,
Soviet Asia, and Malaysia, rice occupies the greatest land area as a single crop.
In 1968 to 1969 tea covered an area of almost 520,000 acres and jute about
270,000 acres. These two crops are important foreign-exchange earners. In the
early 1960s, Assam grew nearly 50 percent of India's tea and 25 percent of its
Some 90 crops grown in the United States alone are dependent on insect
pollination, performed primarily by the honeybee. The average colony of bees is
worth from 20 to 40 times as much in the pollination of crops as it is in the
production of ...
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