• Short Summary

    An unforeseen drought has devastated the main grain growing areas of the Soviet Union.

    The drought?

  • Description

    An unforeseen drought has devastated the main grain growing areas of the Soviet Union.

    The drought makes even more valuable the long term grain deal the Soviet Union has recently made with the United States.

    The deal involves a commitment by the Russians to buy at least six million tons of wheat and maize a year for the next five years.

    The grain deal will begin next October.

    The deal represents an admission by the Russian authorities that the State run Soviet farming system, which until recently represented a model to the world of co-operative run farms, is now unable to cope with the feeding of its own population.

    The buying of grain from a capitalist nation also brings out questions for the Soviet authorities about leadership and ideology.

    So far the Soviet press have remained silent on the deal and observers in Moscow said that if the press do mention the deal at all it will probably be described as just another trade agreement made possible by the policy of detente.

    In exchange for the grain the Soviet Union will sell the United States 10 million tons of oil for the same five years.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7M3Y8DUO3H4VCR7N2WM72S27T
    Media URN:
    VLVA7M3Y8DUO3H4VCR7N2WM72S27T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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