Despite heavy rains and an unusually harsh autumn, the 1976 Soviet harvest is reaching record proportions.
Despite heavy rains and an unusually harsh autumn, the 1976 Soviet harvest is reaching record proportions. By the beginning of November, the country's farmers had harvested more than 220 million tons of grain.
SYNOPSIS: Currently maize and rice harvesting are being completed in the southern areas of the Soviet Union. This is the first agricultural year covered by the tenth five-year economic plan. This five year plan features new and major measures aimed at achieving an intensive development in agriculture.
The plan is backed by a commitment to increase material and technical resources in the farming belts. Capital investment in agriculture will reach 170 thousand million roubles. Deliveries of heavy machinery to co-operative and state owned farms will increase by 50 percent against the previous five year plan. Electricity supplies for agriculture will also increase by an estimated 60 percent.
At the October plenary session of the Soviet Union Communist party's Central Committee, General-Secretary Leonid Brezhnev said the battle for the harvest of 1976 had now been won -- and won with honour.