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In September 1974, as in previous months, members of the Ramanantsoa government are conducting awareness-raising and information tours of the ever-growing population. This time, it is mainly about popular control of development.
On 2 September, Major General Gabriel Ramanantsoa, ​​head of government, made a major speech in Miandrivazo, in which he warned peremptorily those who seek to hamper the march of the nation towards the people’s leadership of the country. development. He announced the forthcoming application of the new agrarian policy, the construction of roads in Miandrivazo, and assured all Malagasy of “the firm support of his government in the common work of the national renovation”.
The same day, in Manjakandriana, at the opening of the Sub-Prefectural Fair, two speeches were delivered by Colonel Richard Ratsimandrava, Minister of the Interior, and Lieutenant-Colonel Joel Rakotomalala, Minister of Information. While the latter focuses on keeping the price of the kilo of rice at 65 FMG, contrary to rumors spreading, Minister Ratsimandrava takes up the main passage of his recent speech in Moramanga on “the existence of plotters who want The rule of dictatorship in Madagascar “.
The next day in Belo-sur-Tsiribihina, the head of government emphasizes the important role of the Army in the life of the nation. It “activates economic development and is the cornerstone of national sovereignty, while being the living symbol of national unity”.
On 4 September, General Ramanantsoa in Morondava again denounced the actions of “reactionaries”.
“The enemies of the nation are doing everything possible to put the sticks in the wheels of the national renovation. My government has never promised the moon to anyone; He does not shrink from the obstacles to apply and respect, today as well as tomorrow, the convention he has signed with the people. Public servants must be more supportive than ever of each other, and must refrain from reserving for themselves any kind of preserve in their professional activities. Let us not let our detractors trample underfoot our freedom. The people are the mass of modest people; It was by thinking of him that we decided to abolish the taxes of capitation and those on cattle … Youth is the hope of the nation. “
On the same day, at the Ampefiloha School Complex, the Malagasy Medicinal Plant Week, hosted by Dr. Rakoto-Ratsimamanga, was organized under the auspices of the Malagasy Academy and the Office of Scientific and Technical Research.
On September 5, a mission led by Henri Raharijaona, an ambassador to the USA, and Pierre Rajaonah, secretary general of the Ministry of Rural Development, returned to Antananarivo after conducting negotiations with the World Bank. The granting of a loan of 4 billion FMG, for the realization of a major industrial forestry project of interest to the Upper Mangoro region.
Continuing his tour in the Southwest, General Ramanantsoa met in Manja, where he developed the themes on education and the government’s relentless struggle against the theft of oxen. On September 5 he was in Toliara, where he recommended that the people of Fiirana (rural communities, districts) should be protected from the disruptive elements which only sought to sow dissension and cause the paralysis of the whole community . He also appeals to the vigilance of all not to let their freedom trodden underfoot by the enemies of the nation.
For his part in Toamasina, on 12 September, the Minister of Economy, Albert-Marie Ramaroson, explained to the Tamatavians the text which had just been published on the application of the long awaited agrarian reform in that city “where Evictions for the benefit of foreigners were the most numerous and the oldest during colonization “.
The “landless” will take priority over the provisions of the text that has just been published. The State, through the intermediary of the provincial heads, is entitled to distribute the land. The beneficiaries will be obliged to highlight them, otherwise they risk expropriation for the benefit of others who can demonstrate their determination to cultivate the areas allocated to them.
Speaking of the text, Dr Emmanuel Rakotovahiny, Minister of Rural Development, gave a lecture on 19 September, focusing on the content and meaning of the agrarian reform announced by the government. In particular, he said: “Sharecropping is slavery … Reforestation will be continued so that we can produce pulp …”.