Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The 11th good thing about Northern Nigeria: an opportunity to be in the countryside and see their agriculture

The road from the potters village to our next stop was a nice drive through rural farmland.

This first picture in the foreground has a stack of harvested plants. The prevalent crop seemed to be millet, though someone said that some plants might be sorghum which, I learned from the internet, is a related plant.
There's no heavy equipment to do the planting and harvesting here, so the fields still have trees among the crops. It looks here like another crop is interplanted among the millet. It could possibly be peanuts, which is another major crop in the area.

Wikipedia says that millet grows in arid and semi-arid climates. Nigeria is nearing the end of the rainy season, so it was quite green while we were there, and the crops seemed to be growing well, but the soil here was very sandy.

We walked right through the growing area in our next village destination, so we got a closeup look at their crops.

On our short drive to the next village, we passed this biker with a load of crops...

And some cattle crossing the road.

I was a little late snapping this next picture -- sorry the village well isn't well-centered. ;o)
No running water here.

Crops (sugar cane in picture below, I think) are transported by sometimes by truck...
sometimes by handcart (this load of sugar cane was being pushed through a large crowd at the Katsina Durbar festival)...

And sometimes on the head -- we saw these women when we stopped on the drive to Katsina. Notice they each have a load on their head and a baby on their back.

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