Chapter VIII
Agriculture
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Aiding The Farmer
Nov. 03, 1959
The encouraging progress achieved in other fields has led Us, at this time, to initiate a bold and
broad programme of land development.  In Our message of 18th September, We proclaimed Our
programme of land and credit assistance, declaring:

"For those of you who possess the land and labour but lack capital, We have made credit available
at low interest.  For those of you who have the necessary capital but do not possess land to work
on, We have, in accordance with Our Proclamation which entitled every Ethiopian to ownership of
land, establishes offices in every province through which you may be able to acquire land.  Those
who have neither land nor money will be granted land and a financial loan at low interest.  For
those of you who possess land , who have financial resources and manpower, We have made
experts available to furnish you with the necessary guidance and advice in yor various
undertakings."

Long before initiating this new programme, We had authorised Our Central Treasury to advance,
through the years, loans without interest amounting to E$7,500,000 with the view of raising the
standard of living of Our beloved people.  Realising that those who could avail themselves of this
fund were few, We have now made it possible for all to acquire not only  money but also land to
develop.  Even at this moment, throughout Ethiopia, experts whom We have sent to the provinces
are, together with the Governors-General and Sub-Governors of every province, meeting at  Our
orders to explain to the inhabitants of Our Empire the details of Our message, so that they may
proceed to benefit by these provisions.

In this momentous undertaking, We will be assisted, it is to be hoped, by an increase in the capital
structure of the Development Bank of Ethiopia.  However, unless these new areas can be opened to
exploitation and their products be transported at advantageous rates, much of the benefit will be
lost.
Haile Selassie the First - November 3, 1959