• Short Summary

    KING HUSSAN II OF MOROCCO RECENTLY INAUGURATED A DAM ON THE ZIZ RIVER IN THE SOUTH EAST OF THE COUNTRY - ANOTHER STEP FORWARD IN THE NATION'S PLANNED "ECONOMIC MIRACLE."
    THE DAM, WHICH WILL BE CONSTRUCTED A FOUM RHIOUS, NEAR THE ALGERIAN BORDER, IS PART OF AN AMBITIOUS IRRIGATION SCHEME.

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    KING HUSSAN II OF MOROCCO RECENTLY INAUGURATED A DAM ON THE ZIZ RIVER IN THE SOUTH EAST OF THE COUNTRY - ANOTHER STEP FORWARD IN THE NATION'S PLANNED "ECONOMIC MIRACLE."
    THE DAM, WHICH WILL BE CONSTRUCTED A FOUM RHIOUS, NEAR THE ALGERIAN BORDER, IS PART OF AN AMBITIOUS IRRIGATION SCHEME. KING HASSAN'S "MIRACLE" MEANS INCREASING THE IRRIGATED CROP AREA FROM THE PRESENT 150,000 HECTARES TO A MILLION HECTARES (ABOUT 2.5 MILLION ACRES). THE COUNTRY COULD FEED ITSELF FROM A THIRD OF THIS ACRE AGE AND THE REST WOULD BE FOR EXPORT. ALSO, MOROCCO WOULD NO LONGER BE AT THE MERCY OF DROUGHTS WHICH DESTROYED HALF THE CEREAL CROPS IN 1966 AND 1967.

    OF THE FOUR NORTH AFRICAN STATES, MOROCCO HAS THE MOST PERMANENT RIVERS, FED BY THE GREAT ATLAS MOUNTAIN WATERSHED AND THE RIF RANGE. ALTHOUGH THE DISTRIBUTION AND FREQUENCY OF RAINFALL CAN BE VERY CAPRICIOUS AND THERE IS A CONSTANT RISK OF DROUGHT. THE ANNUAL VOLUME OF RAINFALL IS ENOUGH TO IRRIGATE VAST AREAS IF PROPERLY CONTROLLED.

    THE THEORY IS THAT MOROCCO WILL BE THE "GRANARY OF EUROPE" IN THE YEARS TO COME. AGRICULTURAL EXPERTS WHO HAVE MADE A SURVEY OF THE MOROCCAN ECONOMY CONSIDER THAT THE KING'S TARGET OF 1,000,000 IRRIGATED HECTARES IS ATTAINABLE. THE KUWAIT FUND FOR ARAB ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT HAS ALREADY LOANS AMOUNTING TO OVER GBP10-MILLION STERLING FOR TWO AGRICULTURAL SCHEMES. THE IRRIGATED AREAS WILL PRODUCE CROPS OF CITRUS FRUIT, COTTON, SUGAR CANE AND BEET, RICE, VEGETABLES AND BARELY AND WHEAT. IN TEN YEARS, IT IS EXPECTED THAT MOROCCO WILL BE SELF SUFFICIENT IN SUGAR AND COTTON. CITRUS WHICH NOW EARNS THE COUNTRY 74 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR, WILL BE RAPIDLY DOUBLED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEI9EQYT2G46RC4UPSQFO0MR94
    Media URN:
    VLVAEI9EQYT2G46RC4UPSQFO0MR94
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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