A delegation from the European Economic Community (EEC) has visited Zambia to discuss aid.
GV PULL BACK Fields being sprayed with high-pressure hoses.
SV Water pump near fields.
SV PAN Irrigation channel through field.
SV PAN Zambian Agriculture Minister, Alexander Chikwanda, inspecting crops PAN TO Deputy Director-General of the European Economic Commission, Mr. Maurice Foley, also inspecting crop.
GV Party leaving field.
GV & SV Cotton field.
GV Bags of wheat being inspected by officials.
GV Official party walking near piles of maize.
SV Pile of maize used in project.
SV Agriculture Minister Alexander Chikwanda standing beside Mr. Foley.
SV Mr. Chikwanda speaking in English.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 11: CHIKWANDA: "What matters, as far as I'm concerned, is for us to produce the country's wheat needs, and it's not an easy thing. We can't just manufacture farmers by some kind of Government wish. First of all, there are not very many farmers, so we leave it to the experts to grow wheat, so we have to set ways by these experts that can easily be trained. Ultimately, of course, even the small skilled farmers can be settled, but I feel that initially we must have some idea of farming that would be in the best interest."
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Background: A delegation from the European Economic Community (EEC) has visited Zambia to discuss aid. They arrived shortly after President Kenneth Kaunda had launched a 10-year scheme to increase food production. The exact details of the foreign aid involved in the 500 million U.S. dollar plan are not yet known. But some western diplomats in Lusaka have warned that, because of aid cutbacks by their governments, they may not be able to sustain current levels of spending.
SYNOPSIS: One project already being financed by the EEC is the Mpongwe Development Project, 250km (155 miles) north-west of Lusaka. The pilot scheme began in February 1978. It is situated in an area of untapped agricultural potential, and the land available for future development totals 50,000 hectares (123,500 acres).
Zambia's Minister of Agriculture and Water Development, Alexander Chikwanda, accompanied the Common Market delegation -- led by the EEC Commission's Director-General, Maurice Foley - on a tour of the project.
The party inspected an area of irrigated land which has already produced a number of crops. These include cotton, 150 hectares (370 acres) of soya beans, maize and vegetables. Other parts have been set aside for livestock in an area of tsetse flies.
But wheat is the main crop of the Mpongwe project. And it is hoped that, eventually, the area will produce up to 50 percent of Zambia's annual wheat requirement of 150,000 tonnes.
Maize, Zambia's staple food, is also grown at Mpongwe, but it is expected the country will be about 270,000 tonnes short of the commodity this year. Zambia was once a net exporter of foodstuffs, but this year it will spend 75 million dollars on maize imports and 40 million dollars on wheat. Mr. Chikwanda spoke about how his country was planning to overcome the shortages.