Zambia's economy was damaged by falling world prices for copper - by far its major export.
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GV. Parliament Building Lusaka.
GV's. Zambian Prime Minister, Nalimino Mundia (2 shots)
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GVs PAN corn fields (3 shots)
GV. wheat fields with farmer (3 shots)
Interview Executive secretary of the Commercial farmers Bureau, Mr. Jim Woods (english speech)
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TRANSCRIPTION OF MR. JIM WOODS SEQ 9.
"The December rains failed completely, and in fact the rainy season could really said to have regun about the middle of January which is extremely late. Therefore all the early planted crops planted in November, are very damaged, and its clear that our fields in Southern Province will be no more than fifty per cent of potential, which means that yields this year will probably be 1 1/2 million bags from Southern Province."
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Background: Zambia's economy was damaged by falling world prices for copper - by far its major export. In the January, the country's Socialist Government was having to grapple with further economic problems caused by a severe drought in the Southern Province. These were the major difficulties which Prime Minister Nalumino Mundia, addressed in his budget, delivered on January 28. It was described by one Zambian newspaper as "tough but realistic". Zambians were faced with rises in the cost of beer and spirits, cigarettes, sugar, and petroleum products, and new taxes were imposed on mineral exports. To deal with the drought, Mr. Mundia announce plans for new irrigation works and construction of dams and weirs. It was estimated that agricultural production had declined by 19 per cent in the previous year, but the Executive Secretary of the Commercial farmers Bureau, Mr. Jim Woods, believed the toll from the drought could rise even more, causing yet more problems.