Members of Ethiopia's left-wing Military Government got a warm reception from a huge crowd of landworkers and peasants from Caffa Province on Thursday (April 24).
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Background: Members of Ethiopia's left-wing Military Government got a warm reception from a huge crowd of landworkers and peasants from Caffa Province on Thursday (April 24).
A crowd of 80,000 of them turned up in Goma to hear their leaders explain their policy of land nationalisation and abolishing the system of feudal land tenure. Some of the leaders also explained the new National Work Programme.
The government's land nationalisation decree last month declared all rural land the collective property of the Ethiopian people. Land to be allotted to each family cannot exceed 10 hectares (about 25 acres).
Now, the private sale of land is banned, and so is the use of hired labour. But though experts agree that the redistribution brings new hope and equality to the country's impoverished masses, they fear it may be several years before the system functions efficiently. And in the meantime, they forecast a sharp drop in agricultural production in a land already devastated by drought and famine.