• Short Summary

    The People's Republic of China has recently been helping Zanzibar to establish a state rice farm at Upenja, in the north of Zanzibar island.

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    The People's Republic of China has recently been helping Zanzibar to establish a state rice farm at Upenja, in the north of Zanzibar island.

    Zanzibar is traditionally a producer of cloves, but the Government wishes to establish rice as a main staple crop, for home consumption and for export.

    At the Upenja state rice farm, some 1,000 acres (400 hectares) of palm trees have been cleared, and a fast-maturing variety of rice has been planted.

    Chinese machinery is being used in cultivating the rice, everything from one-man crop-sprayers to giant combine harvesters. It is hoped that there will eventually be two rice crops a year-enough to feed the 200,000 inhabitants of Zanzibar.

    The Chinese are of course experts second-to-none in the cultivation of rice, but they are reluctant to be photographed as they advice at Upenji.

    The Zanzibar Minister of Agriculture Mr. Rashid Abdullah recently said that Zanzibar must diversify its agriculture, and become less dependent on cloves.

    The rice growing is one of a number of agricultural schemes aimed at making the country self-sufficient in food, and able to grow a wide range of cash crops for export.

    Among other crops being developed are wheat and limes. The Government is also importing European breeds of cattle, and training farmers to look after them.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4FO0ABLI0WR54K3BWRDQMBCH5
    Media URN:
    VLVA4FO0ABLI0WR54K3BWRDQMBCH5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/09/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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