President Houari Boumedienne on Sunday (June 17) celebrated the first anniversary of Algeria's "agrarian revolution" by distributing to poor peasants the first 2,500 acres (1,000 hectares) of private land nationalised by the Government.
GV Pan Crowds waiting outside village
CU Sign "Ain Nehala"
MV Boumedianne handed bouguet as little girl looks on (2 shots)
MV & SV Boumedienne cut a ribbon as crows applauds (2 shots)
SV & MV Boumedienne unveils plaque as crowd applauds
GV Crows standing outside Mosque
SV President touring houses
CU Algerian flags
SVs President presenting envelopes containing house keys to new owners as crowds look on (5 shots)
MV & GV Crowds (2 shots)
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Background: President Houari Boumedienne on Sunday (June 17) celebrated the first anniversary of Algeria's "agrarian revolution" by distributing to poor peasants the first 2,500 acres (1,000 hectares) of private land nationalised by the Government.
The President inaugurated the first socialist agricultural village at Ain Nehala about 310 miles (500 kms) from Algiers.
He handed title deeds on the plots of land to 82 peasants who will work together to farm in 13 co-operatives.
The village, which has been built over the last seven months largely by volunteer labour has a mosque, a dispensary, a market and a village hall as well as houses.
A year ago as part of the celebrations of the seventh anniversary of the coup d'etat which brought him to power, President Boumedianns laid the foundation of the first of 1,000 model villages planned for farm workers.
Now the Algerian Government has begun nationalising much of the nation's privately owned farmland to redistribute it to the peasants.
In the past 20 months only land which was already publicly owned has been redistributed, a total of two million acres (800,000 hectares). They are now grouped in about 2,500 co-operatives which are heavily state aided.
The guiding slogan for the reform programme is "the land to those who work it"."
About 300,000 small landowners who own 10 par cent of the total of private land will retain what they have. For those landowners own less than 12 1/2 acres (five hectares) each.
But over 200,000 other landowners will have some or all of their land nationalised. About three per cent of farmers own 25 per cent of the land.
Farmers will receive compensation in Government bonds for land taken over.