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Power on the Land demonstrates how advances in technology and machinery have helped modernise agriculture.
Mechanisation of agriculture
'British agriculture is the most mechanised in the world. Root crops are picked by machinery; machines reap, bind and thresh the grain; the new mechanised methods of planting and watering vegetables are contrasted with the old. Land is reclaimed by machinery to meet today's need for increased food production.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1944)
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