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TORONTO: As global warming intensifies droughts and floods, causing crop failures in many parts of the world, Canada may see something different: a farming expansion.Determining how much land in the world's second-largest country could become suitable for farming as a result of climate change is not easy, said Ian Jarvis, a senior official with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, a government department.In one zone of clay soil stretching from Cochrane, Ontario to Abitibi County in neighboring Quebec province, climate change could bring 10 million acres of new farmland – an area larger than Belgium – into production, he predicted.But climate change alone won't make the land economically viable for agriculture, he stressed. 'DUST BOWL' RISKOne main obstacle stands in the way of Canada expanding its farmland, farmers and officials say: a potential lack of water.'NOT A HAPPY PICTURE'For Canada, most analysts and farmers believe the potential rewards of climate change will outweigh the risks – at least over the next 30 years.
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