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Barcelona battle Athletic Bilbao in 37th Copa del Rey final

Aritz Aduriz scored as Athletic Bilbao set up a repeat of the 2012 final 

Barcelona will meet Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final after Luis Suarez and Neymar sealed a 6-2 aggregate win over Villarreal. 

Leading 3-1 from the first leg, Barca struck early through Neymar before Jonathan dos Santos levelled. 

But after Tomas Pina was sent off for a reckless tackle, Suarez rounded the goalkeeper to put the tie beyond doubt and Neymar added a late header. 

Bilbao won 2-0 at Espanyol to win their tie 3-1, setting up the 30 May final. 

The final brings together the two most successful teams in the competition’s history as Barca, with 26 wins, have three more than Los Leones. 

Despite their cup history, Bilbao have not won major silverware since beating Barca in the 1984 final and they will need to be at their very best if they are to stop Luis Enrique’s current crop, who have won every leg on their way to the final. 

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Chinese government admits one-fifth of farm lands heavily contaminated with toxic heavy metals

For the past few months, Natural News has been warning the world about toxic heavy metals found in foods, superfoods and dietary supplements grown in China. Our Natural News Forensic Food Lab has produced breakthrough results showing, for example, that rice protein imported from China is significantly contaminated with lead, cadmium and tungsten -- all industrial heavy metals.

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Nigeria’s billionaires now invest in agriculture, says agric minister

Indigenous investors who have made fortunes in other sectors of the economy are now increasingly investing in agriculture under the new dispensation of agricultural transformation agenda. The new commercial farmers, seeing the prospects in the agricultural sector, are putting huge investments into agribusiness investments.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, made these disclosures to the audience at the on-going Agribusiness Forum 2013, an annual programme for Africa, organised by the European Marketing Research Centre (EMRC) based in Brussels, Belgium. “Our billionaires used to make money” from other sectors, including oil, “now, they are moving back to the farm,” he noted.

The theme of the EMRC forum 2013 is “The Agri-Food Sector: A Catalyst for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Africa.” The minister was optimistic about the prospect of agriculture, as he said “the future of Africa is bright. We need to secure that future,” and “agriculture as a business is what is needed to secure that future.” The minister gave specific examples. “We have treated sorghum as a subsistence crop before now. We are now turning sorghum into a cash crop,” he said.

Read more: Nigeria’s billionaires now invest in agriculture, says agric minister

19.4% of China’s farm lands contaminated with toxic heavy metals

According to this statement by the Ministry of Environmental Protection in China, 19.4% of the nation’s arable land has been heavily contaminated by toxic heavy metals.

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Nigeria’s 53 years of stunted growth in agriculture

Nigeria is blessed with arable land, which offers great potentials for agriculture. Prior to independence and indeed the immediate post-independence era, agriculture was Nigeria’s mainstay until the ‘black gold’ was discovered. It seems the advent of crude oil turned everything upside down as attention became sharply focused on crude oil production and the immediate wealth than the agriculture which ironically still remains the main employer of labour across the nooks and crannies of the country.

Read more: Nigeria’s 53 years of stunted growth in agriculture

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