• Short Summary

    PERU'S FAR-REACHING AGRARIAN REFORM LAW, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE THE CONDITIONS OF MORE THAN SIX MILLION PERUVIAN PEASANTS, IS BEING CONTINUED AS PLANNED BY PRESIDENT JUAN VELASCO ALVARADO.

  • Description

    PERU'S FAR-REACHING AGRARIAN REFORM LAW, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE THE CONDITIONS OF MORE THAN SIX MILLION PERUVIAN PEASANTS, IS BEING CONTINUED AS PLANNED BY PRESIDENT JUAN VELASCO ALVARADO. THE NEW PROGRAMMES, ANNOUNCED BY THE PRESIDENT IN JUNE, HAD BEEN RECEIVED WITH SOME DOUBTS BY BUSINESS INTERESTS AND MANY OF THE PEASANTS.

    UNDER THE NEW LAW, THE PERUVIAN MILITARY JUNTA IS EXPROPRIATING LARGE AREAS OF PRIVATE AND FOREIGN-OWNED LAND AND HANDING THEM OVER TO THE PEASANT FARMERS AS CO-OPERATIVES.

    WHEN ANNOUNCING THE LAW, PRESIDENT VELASCO SAID THE REFORM WOULD COMPLETELY CHANGE THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF PEASANTS BY TRANSFORMING THE ENTIRE SOCIAL-ECONOMIC STRUCTURE OF THE COUNTRY.

    HOWEVER, THOUSANDS OF PEASANTS LABOURING ON SMALL PLOTS OF LAND IN THE HIGHLAND, HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT LAND REFORM FOR FEAR THEIR OWN LAND WILL BE CONFISCATED.

    WORKING CONDITIONS IN AGRICULTURE IN THE HIGHLAND AREAS ARE STILL COMPARATIVELY PRIMITIVE, WITH BULLOCKS PULLING WOODEN PLOUGHS AS THE MAIN IMPLEMENTS.

    WOMEN AND CHILDREN PLAY A LARGE PART IN THE FARMING COMMUNITY, TAKING THEIR PLACE IN THE FIELDS WITH THE MENFOLK.

    THE PEASANTS WORK ACCORDING TO CENTURIES-OLD CUSTOMS, AND ANY ATTEMPT TO BRING THEM INTO 20TH CENTURY CIVILISATION IS TREATED WITH SUSPICION.

    WITH BOTH LAND AND WATER REFORMS ON THE WAY, THE PRESIDENT HAS HINTED THAT FISHING, TAXATION, CREDIT AND PRIVATE COMMERCE ARE ALSO TO COME UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7LW5ZOSKHTGZ1VVQENTJ8LTAG
    Media URN:
    VLVA7LW5ZOSKHTGZ1VVQENTJ8LTAG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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