The fertile Bolivian department of Santa Cruz yielded a cotton crop this year worth three million American dollars (about GBP1,200,000).
GV PAN Truck with workers leaving compound
CU Men and women workers looking on (2 shots)
CU PAN cotton - TILT UP to pickers in fields
GV, MV PAN & GV PAN workers picking cotton and loading onto truck (5 shots)
GV Truck away
GV PAN INTERIOR - factory
CU Cotton being processed
MV Bales of cotton being carted outside
GV PAN bales of cotton
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Background: The fertile Bolivian department of Santa Cruz yielded a cotton crop this year worth three million American dollars (about GBP1,200,000).
There were fears that the crop would be lost because of a shortage of labour to pick the cotton. But the problem was solved when the government mobilised about thirty-thousand men. The conscripts joined about the same number of volunteers in the fields. Most of the volunteers were students, government employees and peasants from the Plateau, who had responded to the Government's call to save the harvest.
The crop is for export to European markets. Cotton is increasingly being grown in Santa Cruz. Immigrants -- mainly Mannonites from Paraguay -- are setting in the area and setting up plantations.