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I'm probably missing something here -- or missed a in game tip -- but how do you harvest strategic resource?

For example, I want the Niter in my region. I own the tile and I'm working it. I have a farm improvement on the tile.

I completed the research to Gunpowder several turns ago (which revealed the deposit).

Despite the above, I see no indication of access to the resource and I can't figure out what improvement I might need to build (if any) to get it. So, how do I harvest this strategic resource and more broadly, how does this system work in Civ6. In civ5, this all seemed automatic... It makes me wonder if there is a bug or something...

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    A farm doesn't produce niter. You'll need to turn it into a mine.
    – Shadur
    Oct 31, 2016 at 15:05
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    Aside: "Harvesting" is a builder action that removes the resource from the map in exchange for a one-time boost in yields (sort of like chopping does for forests).
    – user87612
    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:35

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In order to get the Niter resource you'll need to remove the farm and build a mine instead.

Different resources(luxury or strategic) need different improvements. For example, to gain sheep you'll need to build a pasture on that tile, to get oil you'll need to build an oil rig, etc.. When your worker is on the tile that has a resource, it'll usually recommend the improvement for you.

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  • Fair enough for the Niter but the larger question at hand is how all strategic resources work. Is a mine required for any strategic resource or does it depend on the resource?
    – Frank V
    Oct 31, 2016 at 15:11
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    Different resources(luxury or strategic) need different improvements. i.e. To gain sheep you'll need to put a camp on that tile. To get oil you'll need to build an oil rig. When your worker is on the tile that has a resource it'll usually recommend the improvement for you.
    – Riley
    Oct 31, 2016 at 15:14
  • Thanks. When I get back to my game I'll give this a try. Although, I must note (for others) that I never got the prompt or suggestion to build a mine on my Niter deposit...
    – Frank V
    Oct 31, 2016 at 15:34
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    @FrankV If you already have an improvement there it won't suggest the new one. You'll have to manually remove it.
    – Riley
    Oct 31, 2016 at 15:35

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