"Most of the comuneros used to..." Piura Off The Beaten Path Tip by lichinga
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Most of the comuneros used to be seasonal workers in the large landlord cotton plantations. Part of them were entitled to pieces of land after the Agrarian Reform, but they had to face a couple of serious problem. First: the water, the irrigated area were still under the control of the landlords. Second: lack of alternatives, they just knew how to grow cotton. The first problem had to be solved by the expansion of the irrigated area: a huge programme was implemeted under the direction of a Jugoslavian team and the area available for irrigation increased dramatically in the areas controlled by the comunidad
campesina. Channels have been built in pure sandy soils, they became surprisingly productive with a few appropriate cares; beside the main programme, a number of minor projects took care of the distribution of waters in the most remote areas of the <i>Comunidad</i>.
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