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    About 2,000 farmers who attended the revolution day ceremony from 14th province of Ethiopia (Farmers Associations representatives) made a tour of various agriculture development comes in Chilale.

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    GV Farmers on horseback and in busses on route to Assela (2 shots)

    SV & GV Citizens welcome farmers (2 shots)

    GV Busses and riders head for agricultural demonstration

    Crowd gathered at Fair of machinery demonstration (7 shots)

    GV Crowed headed for the animal husbandry

    GV Crowd gathered around animal exhibition (4 shots)

    The farmers was welcomed on their was to the Province, by the farmers. song and horse men riding infront the buss. thousand of citizen of assela welcomed the farmers associations representative by ?harring holding various placards, the head of the ministry of agriculture addressed the farmers. they walking to visit various part of CADU, visiting the animals husbandry. end.

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    Background: About 2,000 farmers who attended the revolution day ceremony from 14th province of Ethiopia (Farmers Associations representatives) made a tour of various agriculture development comes in Chilale. The group first visited the ohilale Agriculture Development Unit (CADU) where they were briefed by experts, about agriculture ???ension service CADU provides to farmers in the area. The 2,000 farmers associations representative were also ??? around various CADU undertaking including the animal husbandry unit and a field where barely is being grown to meet the requirement of malt by local breweries.

    Two thousand farmers toured agricultural development schemes at ??? on Friday (19 September) on first National Revolution Day ??? military Government of the Emperor Haile selassie.

    The farmers were shown various rural development projects operated by the agricultural Development Unit which under the control of the Provisional Military Government.

    Agriculture experts briefed the farmers on wide variety of the topics including animal husbandry and growing of crops.

    According to reports from the capital, Addis ababa, the drought, which ravaged the north last year, has this year devastated the south. The drought in 1974 was said to have indirectly led to the downfall of the Emperor who died last month.

    Meanwhile, Reuters say that 600 miles north of the capital the war in Eritera continues, flaring every few weeks into another bloody little. According to Reuters, throughout this year the drain on manpower and resources because of the war has produced criticism from within the armed forces and from students.

    There is more conflict to the east where rebels supporting Sultan Mirah, whose lands were nationalised by the Government, attack the traffic linking Addis Ababa with the read sea port of Assab, itself in Eritrea.

    The strategic significance of uprising is that Addis Ababa suffers under a permanent fuel shortage. What petrol is available is strictly rationed.

    For the first time in Ethiopia's history, accurate sample figures on the poverty and ignorance of the rural masses have also been published by the Government.

    They show that almost the entire population of 27 million works on the land. The survey showed striking differences between farmers' estimates of yield and the actual crop cut. In some cases the estimate as scarcely half the actual crop.

    The Government, aware of the need for urgent action to educate the farmers and other rural workers, has sent thousands of students and teachers into the countryside to educate them.

    Some experts predict that Ethiopia could become the granary of Africa. However, they concede that before that could even approach reality, there will have to be massive capital investment to harness the country's rivers by building dams.

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