The United States Secretary of Agriculture, Mr. Bob Bergland, has had talks in Moscow with?
GV: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland meeting Valentine Mesyatz, Soviet Agricultural Minister, and other officials.
CU: Bergland, PAN TO Mesyatz.
SV: American delegation, PAN TO Soviets, PULL BACK TO GV.
CU: Mesyatz and ZOOM OUT TO GV.
CU: Bergland, PAN ALONG American delegation, ZOOM OUT TO GV.
CU PAN: Soviet delegation and ZOOM OUT TO GV.
As Well as talking with Mr. Mesyatz Mr. Bergland had talks with Mr.Grigory Zolotukhin, the Minister responsible for the purchase of from produce; and with the Soviet Trade Minister, Mr.Nikolai Patolichev. The United States Agricultures Secretary visited Soviet agricultural institutions around Moscow, and a collective farm and research institute at Kiev. The visit will also include trips to Tselinograd in northern Kazakhstan and Leningrad.
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Background: 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.