TITLE

SOVIET AGRICULTURE MARKS TIME

AUTHOR(S)
Nove, Alec
PUB. DATE
July 1962
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Jul62, Vol. 40 Issue 4, p576
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article examines the reasons for the difficulties in which Soviet agriculture finds itself, and to assesses the likely efficacy of the measures proposed to set matters right. The period 1953-58, then, was one of reform, of higher incomes, of large investments, of new methods. It was also one of higher production. The 1958 grain harvest set an all-time record. Sugar beets and cotton also did very well. Milk yields benefited from the improved diet of the cows. In considering the problems of Soviet agriculture, it is necessary to distinguish several types of difficulty, and, correspondingly, different kinds of policies or remedial measures. There is, first, the complex of problems related to soil utilization, agricultural techniques, equipment and the like, which may be called problems of production. Secondly, there are questions connected with the peasants, with their private interests, incomes, incentives. Finally, there are the many problems of agricultural planning, administration and control. These are all to some extent interconnected, as when, for instance, an administrative measure Resigned to improve technique affects the peasants' private activities. None the less, it remains true that these various matters are to some extent distinct and can be separately analyzed.
ACCESSION #
14719181

 

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