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Scientists in Bangladesh have identified factors limiting Sierra Leone's agricultural output. They say that less than one-fifth of Sierra Leone's arable land is being used to grow crops because of a lack of modern crop varieties and farming practices, poor infrastructure and an inadequate supply of farm workers.

The scientists studied the West African state's agriculture sector, following a request from the government there for technical assistance. At the presentation of their report this week, Bangladesh's agriculture minister, M. K. Anwar asked the scientists to submit their findings to the government of Sierra Leone. Anwar added that Bangladesh will respond to Sierra Leone's request for cooperation.

Sierra Leone has great potential for increasing cultivation of crops such as cassava and rice, say the scientists. They also highlight opportunities for Bangladesh to invest in Sierra Leone's agriculture sector.

Link to full news story in The Independent

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