King Hassan of Morocco on Tuesday (19 September) announced the launching of what he described as an "agrarian revolution" in his country.
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Background: King Hassan of Morocco on Tuesday (19 September) announced the launching of what he described as an "agrarian revolution" in his country. In a nation-wide television and radio broadcast, the King revealed plans to distribute 222,395 acres (90,000 hectares) among Morocco's peasant farmers.
Most of the land going to the peasants has been taken over from French settlers in Morocco. A further half-million acres still remains in the hands of French settlers, but King Hassan promises that once this has been reclaimed by the government, it too will be distributed to peasants. French farmers are resisting the move. They want to be able to sell the land to the Moroccans - then transfer the profit form the sale abroad. the subject has been discussed at senior level between the governments of France and Morocco.
SYNOPSIS: In Morocco - an important television and radio address by King Hassan. In the Rabat studio where the broadcast originated, senior military officials and government leaders ??? to hear the King's announcement at first hand.
It concerned land.
The King announced that nearly a quarter of a million acres is to be distributed to peasant farmers in Morocco. King Hassan called it the beginning of an "agrarian revolution". The land being distributed was acquired form French settlers - and negotiations are underway to secure a further half million acres for distribution. Three thousand, eight hundred peasants will get a share of the handout announced by the King in this speech. Each will receive about sixty acres.
The King said each farmer will be grouped in a co-operative with others, and will be required to stick to a pre-arranged farming programme.