King Hassan the Second of Morocco on Sunday (July 15) inaugurated a new dam - part of a major long term plan to irrigate 204 million acres of land. (one million hectares).
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Background: King Hassan the Second of Morocco on Sunday (July 15) inaugurated a new dam - part of a major long term plan to irrigate 204 million acres of land. (one million hectares).
The dam, at Arabat on the Inaouene River, which was named after Moulay Driss, the first Moslem Monarch of Morocco, cost 12.5 million sterling (125 million dries).
At the inauguration ceremony King Hassan was accompanied by President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast, who is on a three day visit to Morocco.
Together the two leaders cut the official ribbon and pressed the button to start the flow of water which will eventually irrigate the Rharb - the dry alluvial plain on Morocco's Atlantic coast.
King Hassan announced in a speech that work would start before the end of the year on another dam across the Loukkos River further north, which will be built by the Soviet Union.
SYNOPSIS: On the Inaouene River near Fez, Morocco on Sunday -- the inauguration of a major dam which will help to bring life to desert lands. The waters from the dam will be used for the irrigation of the Rharb Plain on Morocco's Atlantic coast.
King Hassan the Second of Morocco and the Ivory Coast President Felix Houphouet-Boigny came to open the new dam - named after Moulay Driss, the first Moslem King of Morocco. The Ivory Coast leader was in Morocco on a three day visit. The dam is part of a long term plan to irrigate nearly two and a half million acres of land. It coast twelve and a half million sterling.
Now that the Moulay Driss dam at Arabat is complete, work will soon begin on another. At the ceremony, King Hassan announced the building of the second dam -- across the Loukkos River further to the north, would begin this year. It will be built by the Soviet Union. Most of Morocco has too little water for its needs - and what rain there is, falls in winter when it is of least use to agriculture.
Together the two leaders pressed the button to let new life flow into the area. The area is suitable for many cash crops - once the dry land has water.
As well as irrigating the desert, Morocco is carrying out experiments in the organisation of agriculture. Recently King Hassan announced peasants will own sugar beet factories and run some of the country's nationalised farms in future.