The water is there in abundance, the land is well adapted for irrigation, but as there is a considerable rainfall, it is doubtful whether the scheme would prove remunerative, and a large section of the landowners have hitherto opposed it, as likely to waterlog the country.
In early Attica, and even down to the time of Pericles, the landowners lived in the country.
Interest was rarely charged on advances by the temple or wealthy landowners for pressing needs, but this may have been part of the metayer system.
On an average Italian landowners pay nearly 25% of their revenues from land in government and local land tax.
Loans on mortgage may also be granted to landowners and agricultural unions, with a view to the introduction of agricultural improvements.