The United States Secretary of Agriculture, Mr. Bob Bergland, has had talks in Moscow with?
The United States Secretary of Agriculture, Mr. Bob Bergland, has had talks in Moscow with top Soviet officials aimed at improving agricultural co-operation between the two countries. Formal discussions took place on Wednesday (10 May).
SYNOPSIS: Mr.Bergland's main series of talks were with the Soviet Minister for Agriculture, Valentine Mesyatz. Mr.Bergland led a large team of top American agriculture officials, and the main discussions were centred around way technical expertise could be exchanged. The meeting was held against background of Soviet under-achievement in agriculture, and of continuing large grain shipments from the Unites States and other western wheat-producing nations. The agriculture target of the last Soviet five-year plan, which ended 1976, was not reached and the blame was officially ascribed to bad management.
The talks on technical improvements in farming are of particular importance of Soviet agriculture. The current five-year plan calls for a thirty percent increase in efficiency, with an emphasis on grain, industrial crops and animal husbandry. The Soviet Union plans to buy almost 15-million tons of grain from the United States this year.