Sunday, August 19, 2007

Here we come again!

Come along with us to the new lands!
Seleznev V. P., 1954

In 1953 Stalin died. After a short race Nikita Khrushchev came to power. By 1954 the country was an industrial state with 70% of all population working in heavy industry. Agriculture on the other hand was in rather poor shape. So Khrushchev proposed developing of new virgin lands as the main means of boosting the agriculture of the Soviet Union. As always the great plans were implemented by the heroic work of soviet people.

In 1954 30 000 of party members and 120 000 of farmhands were sent to the virgin and wild lands. And it took more than 5 years to develop 42 mln hectares of land, resulting in 34% increase in agricultural production.