• Short Summary

    THE PROGRAMME OF LINKING LAOTIAN VILLAGES BY ROAD TO IMPROVE INTER-COMMUNICATION AND DISCOURAGE PATHET LAO INFLUENCE ON LONELY VILLAGERS IS SHOWING RESULTS.

  • Description

    THE PROGRAMME OF LINKING LAOTIAN VILLAGES BY ROAD TO IMPROVE INTER-COMMUNICATION AND DISCOURAGE PATHET LAO INFLUENCE ON LONELY VILLAGERS IS SHOWING RESULTS. ONE SUCH VILLAGE "CLUSTER" COVERS AN AREA OF NINE SQUARE MILES SOME 50 MILES NORTH OF VIENTIANE, AND IS LINKED BY ABOUT 17 MILES OF NEW ROADS.

    EACH CLUSTER COMPRISES FROM EIGHT TO 20 SMALL VILLAGES, LINKED TO THE NEAREST HIGHWAY BY NEW ROADS. AT PRESENT THERE ARE 10 CLUSTERS IN LAOS AND MORE ARE EXPECTED AT THE END OF 1965, WITH MUCH ECONOMIC AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE BEING PROVIDED BY THE UNITED STATES.

    THE VILLAGERS HAVE SET UP EXPERIMENTAL GARDENS IN EACH CLUSTER TO DISCOVER THE CROPS MOST SUITABLE TO THE CONDITIONS IN THEIR AREAS. THEY ARE BEING TAUGHT AGRICULTURAL TECHNIQUES, SUCH AS HOW TO MAKE PENS FOR THEIR PIGS AND THE BEST WAY OF CUTTING LOCAL TIMBER. WOMEN ARE TAUGHT WEAVING AND OTHER HOME CRAFTS TO ENABLE THEM TO MAKE THEIR OWN CLOTHING AND CLOTH FOR TRADING.

    WEST OF THE VILLAGE SHOWN IS A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO DEVOTE THEIR EFFORTS ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY TO PRODUCING OPIUM. LAOS IS THE LARGEST PRODUCER OF OPIUM IN SOUTH EAST ASIA, AND LARGE QUANTITIES ARE SMUGGLED OVER ITS ALMOST UNCONTROLLED BORDERS BY FOOT, BOAT AND PRIVATE AIRCRAFT.

    OFFICIAL FIGURES SET LAOS' EXPORTS OF OPIUM LAST YEAR AT 100 TONS - BUT IT'S WIDELY BELIEVED THAT THIS WAS PROBABLY ONLY ONE FIFTH OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF OPIUM ACTUALLY PRODUCED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2M3AE9CZ73GLMSOORS012RSG0
    Media URN:
    VLVA2M3AE9CZ73GLMSOORS012RSG0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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