INTRODUCTION: A decree has recently been passe by the government in Afghanistan granting free plots to formerly 'landless' peasants.
SV Men working in wheat fields at harvesting time. (2 SHOTS)
SV Workers unloading truck and loading hay stack. (4 SHOTS)
SCU Mr. Lakanval speaking. Voice continues under film to 1.28.
SV Children riding two donkeys, dragging hay-slide.
SCU Mr. Lakanval speaking.
SV Farmer working in field.
SPEECH ON CASSETTE (TRANSCRIPT) SEQ. 3: LAKANVAL: "According to this distribution of land, many thousands of peasants which didn't have land at all, they received land, costless."
INTERVIEWER: "How many of them?"
SEQ. 5: LAKANVAL: "Ah so, 296,000 householders, received land costless from the National Democratic Government. But because you know of the mystic which has been done, mythological and the methodology and also according to the interference of activities of the counter-revolutionaries and supported by the imperialistic forces and the reactionary forces in the region, the continuation of land reform was blocked, and now after the second phase, the revolutionary phase of the evolution, now the situation in Afghanistan is clear and we can start with the continuation of the democratic land reform."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A decree has recently been passe by the government in Afghanistan granting free plots to formerly 'landless' peasants. Initially land has been allocated to nearly 300,000 families who are than further assisted with loans, machinery, seeds and water.
SYNOPSIS: Prior to the Land Reform, millions of peasants in afghanistan had to make to with small plots of land from which they could hardly make a living.
In a special interview for Soviet television (TSS) the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, Mr. Lakanval, spoke of the principal features of the national land reform. He was asked about the number of people to benefit so far.
Under the Land Reform decree, the minimum plot allocated is one hectare (approx. 2Â« acres) up to six hectares (approx. 15 acres), dependent on the quality of the land and agro-technical facilities available.