President Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania inaugurated an experimental irrigation project in Kaedi on the Gogol River on Tuesday (II March) to begin a vast programme of agricultural expansion.
GV Ould Daddah through streets waving from open lorry (4 shots)
GV Motorcade arriving at river-bank
GV PAN Site of project
SV Ould Daddah climbing onto bulldozer
GV PAN Crowd watching
GV Ould Daddah and others standing on bulldozer
SV PAN Bulldozer in action
Initials BB/2235 WH/AH/BB/2225
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: President Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania inaugurated an experimental irrigation project in Kaedi on the Gogol River on Tuesday (II March) to begin a vast programme of agricultural expansion.
Accompanied by a jubilant crowd, the President rode on a lorry to the site of the pilot project -- tangible evidence of Mauritania's determination to give rural development top priority.
The project has been the subject of costly research for seven years, a fifth of which was paid by the Government with the bulk being provided in international aid.
Within a few years, the system will be able to irrigate 14,500 acres (7,000 hectares) of cereal and animal fodder crops as well as sugar cane.
By 1980, it is planned that Mauritania will be almost self-sufficient in both rice and sugar cane as well as providing enough feed for over 5,000 beef cattle.
The actual cost projected until 1982 is expected to be 2,500 million ouguiyas (25 million pounds sterling).