The Virgin Lands: Promise and Performance

  • Martin McCauley
Part of the Studies in Russian and East European History book series (SREEHS)


The decree of the Central Committee of 2 March 1954, on the further increase of grain production in the country and the assimilation of virgin and idle land, marked a radical turning-point in post-war Soviet agricultural policy. Khrushchev persuaded the party that the only means of rapidly increasing the supply of grain, on which food supply is based, was by greatly increasing the sown area. To do this, large areas of hitherto uncultivated land were to be put to the plough. Extensive agriculture was judged to be the only solution to the food problem.


Sugar Beet Perennial Grass Volga Region Central Committee Fodder Crop 
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© Martin McCauley 1976

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