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Sahara Tomatoes Lure Graduates as Algeria Shifts From Oil

Salim Ghrassia graduated in statistics five years ago and then opted for a rather different career: joining Algeria’s push to farm the Sahara desert.

“I saw the agricultural boom, and decided that was the path to take,” said 30-year-old Ghrassia as he walked through his plantation of tomatoes and potatoes at El Oued, an oasis some 700 kilometers (435 miles) southeast of Algiers. “We’ll have a good harvest again this year because we’ve got everything needed for success: water, sun and good seeds.”