The Soviet Agricultural Program

An Evaluation of the 1965 Goals

by D. Gale Johnson, Arcadius Kahan

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An evaluation of the feasibility of the Soviet Seven Year Plan goals for eleven basic agricultural commodities (grain, potatoes, vegetables, oil seeds, sugar beets, cotton, flax fiber, meat, milk, eggs, wool). The planned increase in aggregate output of these commodities between 1958 and 1965 is 62 percent, when outputs are valued at 1958 procurement prices. The authors estimate, however, that even with normal weather, the aggregate output of these eleven commodities will probably not increase by much more than 25 percent. An evaluation of the feasibility of the Soviet Seven Year Plan goals for eleven basic agricultural commodities (grain, potatoes, vegetables, oil seeds, sugar beets, cotton, flax fiber, meat, milk, eggs, wool). The planned increase in aggregate output of these commodities between 1958 and 1965 is 62 percent, when outputs are valued at 1958 procurement prices. The authors estimate, however, that even with normal weather, the aggregate output of these eleven commodities will probably not increase by much more than 25 percent.

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