A seven-day farming development campaign has just ended in the West African republic of Dahomey.?
Diplomats arriving; the planting; music and dancing.
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Background: A seven-day farming development campaign has just ended in the West African republic of Dahomey. During the campaign, members of the government personally sowed cotton or planted groundnuts in selected plots in the north of the country. Last Saturday President Christophe Soglo invited a group of foreign diplomats up to Natitingou, where they took part in groundnut planting.
The ministers worked in the fields from dawn to noon each day. President Soglo joined the ambassadors in the field work. They spent an hour or so pricking out groundnuts. The ambassadors were from France, Britain, the U.S.A., the Soviet Union, West Germany, Nigeria, Ghana and Haiti.
Work was followed by a picnic, to the accompaniment of music. Then the ambassadors flew back to Cotonou, commenting that the outing had left them with a favourable opinion of Dahomey's future -- plus a few blisters.