• Short Summary

    IN THE PHILIPPINES, THE SEASON'S RICE HARVEST IS IN .... BUT THE COUNTRY IS FACING?

  • Description

    IN THE PHILIPPINES, THE SEASON'S RICE HARVEST IS IN .... BUT THE COUNTRY IS FACING SERIOUS LOSSES CROPS RUINED BY A RAT INFESTATION.

    IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF LA PAZ, ON LUZON ISLAND, MANY OF THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE COUNTRY'S FIVE-YEAR-OLD LAND REFORM PROGRAMME ARE BEING MAGNIFIED THROUGH ABSENTEE LANDLORDS.

    TENANT FARMERS IN THE AREA CONTINUE WORKING THEIR LAND AS THEY HAVE DONE FOR YEARS - EXCEPT THAT THE INTRODUCTION OF THE MOTOR CAR HAS PROVIDED THEM WITH AN INGENIOUS METHOD OF DRYING THE GRAIN AND REMOVING IT FROM THE HUSKS.

    THE FARMERS SIMPLY LAY THE RICE ON THE SEALED ROADS PASSING THROUGH THEIR LAND, AND THE WHEELS OF THE VEHICLES DO THE REST.

    HOWEVER, MILLIONS OF RATS NOW INFESTING THE ISLAND HAVE REDUCED THIS YEAR'S HARVEST TO FRACTION OF PREVIOUS YEAR'S, AND ONE ESTIMATE PUTS THE LOSS AT ABOUT 65 PER CENT.

    BESIDES DAMAGE TO CROPS, THE RATS HAVE ALSO CAUSED THE DEATH OF THREE BROTHERS, WHOSE BOAT WAS SWAMPED BY THOUSANDS OF SWIMMING RATS.

    THERE ARE ALSO FEARS THAT BUBONIC PLAGUE COULD ALSO STRIKE UNLESS SOME MEANS IS FOUND TO EXTERMINATE THE RATS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB78YTMJI8N8JR4RR7G7ATIRIU
    Media URN:
    VLVAB78YTMJI8N8JR4RR7G7ATIRIU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/08/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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