• Short Summary

    IN HIS "FOOD FOR PEACE" MESSAGE TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS NEXT WEEK, PRESIDENT JOHNSON IS EXPECTED TO CALL FOR AN INTERNATIONAL EFFORT TO SUSTAIN INDIA AFTER ITS RECENT DROUGHT.

  • Description

    IN HIS "FOOD FOR PEACE" MESSAGE TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS NEXT WEEK, PRESIDENT JOHNSON IS EXPECTED TO CALL FOR AN INTERNATIONAL EFFORT TO SUSTAIN INDIA AFTER ITS RECENT DROUGHT. THE UNITED STATES HAS SENT INDIA 1,500,000 TONS OF GRAIN IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS AS AN EMERGENCY MEASURE TO MEET THE FAMINE THREAT, PART OF 3,500,000 TONS SENT SINCE LAST JUNE, BUT HAS DECLINED UP TILL NOW TO COMMIT ITSELF TO NAY LONG-TERM POLICY OF SUPPLY.

    PRESENT JOHNSON'S SCHEME IS EXPECTED TO INCLUDE THE UNITED NATION KEEPING A TALLY OF ALL CONTRIBUTIONS TO INDIA - WHICH CAN INCLUDE FOR FERTILISERS AND AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY AS WELL AS GRAIN - SENT BY OTHER NATIONS. THE AMERICAN REFUSAL TO COMMIT ITSELF TO A LONG-TERM POLICY OF SUPPLY IS SAID TO HAVE DISAPPOINTED INDIAN OFFICIALS, WHO LAST JUNE ASKED FOR MORE THAN 11,000,000 TONS OF GRAIN FOR THE YEAR.

    AT PRESENT, INDIA ACCOUNTS FOR ABOUT ONE-FIFTH OF THE TOTAL UNITED STATES GRAIN PRODUCTION. IT'S CONSIDERED THAT BECAUSE INDIA HAS FAILED IN ITS AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IT THREATENS NOW TO BECOME THE FIRST CASUALTY OF A NEW U.S. POLICY THAT IT CANNOT AFFORD TO CONTINUE INDEFINITELY AS THE WORLD'S "SOUR KITCHEN." FOR INDIA, FACED WITH THIS NEW U.S. POLICY, THE PRESENT SERIOUS DROUGHT COULD SCARCELY HAVE COME AT A WORSE TIME.

    INDIA'S AGRICULTURAL PROBLEMS CONTINUE TO ARISE FROM OUTDATED METHODS BEING UNABLE TO COPE WITH THE HUGE AND RISING POPULATION, IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT SOME 80 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION IS ON THE LAND. METHODS OF CULTIVATION STILL FOLLOW THE PATTERN OF HAND PLOUGHS PULLED BY BULLOCK TEAMS, CATTLE MANURE FOR FERTILISATION AND ANCIENT WAYS OF IRRIGATION. SMALL LAND HOLDINGS ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO THE UNECONOMIC STATE OF INDIAN AGRICULTURE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA85SKIVEOIF948MLFZL641KG8Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA85SKIVEOIF948MLFZL641KG8Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/02/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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