• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT KAUNDA OF ZAMBIA VISITED THE MUKONCHI TOBACCO GROWERS' SCHEME ON MONDAY. THE SCHEME, BACKED?

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    PRESIDENT KAUNDA LOOKING AT VARIOUS ASPECTS OF TOBACCO PRODUCTION; BEING SPRINKLED WITH MAIZE BY VILLAGERS AS A SIGN OF RESPECT.




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    Background: PRESIDENT KAUNDA OF ZAMBIA VISITED THE MUKONCHI TOBACCO GROWERS' SCHEME ON MONDAY. THE SCHEME, BACKED BY THE COMMONWEALTH DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND THE ZAMBIAN MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, IS DESIGNED TO BOOST ONE OF ZAMBIA'S MAJOR EXPORTS -- VIRGINIA FLUE-CURED TOBACCO.

    THE MUKONCHI CENTRE HAS TWO OBJECTS: TO INCREASE THE PRODUCTION OF FLUE-CURED TOBACCO IN ZAMBIA, AND SECONDLY TO INTRODUCE ZAMBIANS INTO THE FLUE-CURED TOBACCO INDUSTRY.

    MR. HARTLEY, GENERAL MANAGER DESIGNATED OF THE PROJECT, SHOWED THE PRESIDENT ROUND. AT PRESENT ONLY 70 ACRES HAVE BEEN CLEARED. EVENTUALLY IT IS HOPED TO HAVE 55,000 ACRES UNDER TOBACCO CULTIVATION IN ZAMBIA.

    TO PRODUCE TOBACCO GROWERS TO MATCH THE VAST AREA OF LAND TO BE CULTIVATED, THE COMMONWEALTH DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND THE ZAMBIA AGRICULTURAL MINISTRY SET UP THIS SCHEME TO TRAIN ZAMBIAN TOBACCO GROWERS. STARTING THIS SUMMER TRAINEES WILL SPEND TWO YEARS AT MUKONCHI DOING BASIC TRAINING ON THE NUCLEUS ESTATE.

    AFTER THEIR TWO YEARS BASIC TRAINING, THE TRAINEES MOVE TO TRAINING FARMS FOR A FURTHER THREE YEARS. ON THE TRAINING FARMS THE TRAINEES WILL HAVE MUCH MORE RESPONSIBILITY, AND WILL IN FACT, RUN THE FARMS THEMSELVES. AFTER THAT THEY WILL GO TO SETTLEMENT AREAS AND BE GIVEN LAND AND TOOLS TO GROW TOBACCO.

    PRESIDENT KAUNDA SAW MANY ASPECTS OF THE MUKONCHI SCHEME AND SPENT SOME TIME WATCHING VIRGIN LAND BEING CLEARED. AFTERWARDS VILLAGE WOMEN SPRINKLED HIM WITH MAIZE MEAL -- A TRADITIONAL SIGN OF RESPECT FOR A CHIEFTAIN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF41SU1DLDHB50G6NYVYANCUSF
    Media URN:
    VLVAF41SU1DLDHB50G6NYVYANCUSF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/01/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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