In the Sudan the first stage of the Rahad agricultural development project was completed earlier this month, bringing many thousands of acres of previously undeveloped land under cultivation.
SV PAN Sudanese President Ja'afar al-Nimeiry arrives waving to crowds from open truck
SV Cow being ceremonially slaughtered as Nimeiry passes (2 shots)
LV Roseires dam Rahad river
SV & CU Nimeiry unveils plaque at dam site (2 shots)
SV & LV President Nimeiry and officials on tour of inspection (2 shots)
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Background: In the Sudan the first stage of the Rahad agricultural development project was completed earlier this month, bringing many thousands of acres of previously undeveloped land under cultivation.
SYNOPSIS: President Ja'afar al-Nimeiry led the celebrations which marked the officials opening of the project, one of the most ambitious ever undertaken in the Sudan. Ancient rituals were also part of the proceedings but the purpose of the project is the harnessing of modern technology to the needs of hungry people when complete the project will cover about 344,000 hectares (about 850,000 acres).
The key to the success of the scheme is irrigation. To make this possible the Roseires dam was built across the Rahad river at a cost of about 70 million U.S. dollars. The project is being financed by the Sudanese government in conjunction with several international and Arab development funds. It will provide 2,300 regular jobs and work for 90,000 seasonal labourers. The principal crops will be cotton, wheat, groundnuts and vegetables.