• Short Summary

    President Mokhtar Ould Daddah of Mauritania -- one of the six African Sahel countries in the grip of the worst drought in the area -- has pledged an agricultural-reform programme for the country.

  • Description

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    SV Barge carrying President OUld Daddah
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    2.
    MV Portrait of President PAN DOWN TO waiting officials
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    3.
    SV President and Party walking from river amid crowd
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    4.
    CU Cattle passing through pen after innoculation
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    CU Veterinary medicines and equipment TILT UP TO Ould Daddah
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    CU Young calf being given medicine
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    CU Dried up crop
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    8.
    SV Daddah in open vehicle waving to crowds (4 shots)
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    CU Camel train with booths on top
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    10.
    MV Women applauding
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    11.
    Cu Ould Daddah
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    12.
    SV Crowd
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    CU Two officials
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    14.
    CU Ould Daddah speaking
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    15.
    MV PAN Crowd
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    MV Ould Daddah speaking to crowd
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    Initials SC/1934 SC/1956



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    Background: President Mokhtar Ould Daddah of Mauritania -- one of the six African Sahel countries in the grip of the worst drought in the area -- has pledged an agricultural-reform programme for the country.

    During a recent tour of some of the worst drought-affected areas, President Ould Daddah said the whole way of rural life in Mauritania would have to be re-organised to prevent a future recurrence of the misery and death that the drought has caused. Thousands of people have died during the drought not only from lack of water but also food.

    Traditionally nomadic, many of the people of Mauritania have been forced to undertake long journeys in search of pasture land. Thousands of cattle and sheep have also perished land even more people have died as the Nomads came into contact with town-bred diseases which they no longer had the strength to resist.

    The diminished herds are now being treated preciously; medicine and veterinary help being sent from the capital, Nouakchott, to country areas.

    President Ould Daddah pladeged that drilling for water would begin in the interior regions near the Sahara for both animals and crops as soon as finance could be raised. However, he said that even with water and money the most difficult task facing Mauritania to ensure drought never hits it as hard again will be the re-education of both farmer and nomad.

    Previous efforts by the Government to convince herdsmen to kill some of their animals to preserve water and pasture have failed.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1ADTPAKBWJMX7Y1RXYJGFX863
    Media URN:
    VLVA1ADTPAKBWJMX7Y1RXYJGFX863
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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