MEXICO: Promised Land

Mexico's new President dealt vigorously with the country's most pressing problem: agriculture. His proposed laws to secure the peasants' titles to their lands (TIME, Dec. 16) were already before Congress. Last week, his second in office, Miguel Alemán sent Congress a bill overhauling Mexico's irrigation program.

By its terms the Government would take all the responsibility (hitherto shared with private capital) for developing the country's irrigable lands. Five million acres already have been reclaimed. New projects would reclaim an additional 50 million acres, which would be subject to Government supervision. For the...

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