>YJRi Deputy Director (TutwUlgenoe).
Prospects for Agriculture In Occnainiet Countries
The attached papera are the oooond in the aeries ofon the4 outlook for agriculture ln They haw heen prepared In rceponoe to atheCWe have broadened
out the coverage to Include Horth Korea and Korth Vlatnan.
Assielant Director Hcsearch and Reports
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CIA HISTORICAL REVIEW PROGRAM RELEASE AS9
PrcBpeoto for Agriculture in COnxninlst Countries,;
Ac of Bid^ferch crop prospect* In tho USSS continued to fee eccc-vhat better thanear ago. gaod to exeallent la olaost all of the moat important agricultural areoa. in the republics of Central Asia and the TranBcaucsous the sowing of small grains has already started ond the auppleaontslof fertilisers to winter grains is underway la Bono areas'. Despite bolov nornal precipitation in February, aolsture reserves in the Ecv lands arena of Kazakhstan and Siberia are veil above tbooe2nd prospects forrop appear favorable at this tine.
ecord area of aboutmillion hectares (ill aillion ncres) vas seeded to winter grain in tbe fall3 (for harvesthe extent of tho area which suffered frca the fell drought end poaeible winterkill Is not known at this time. Three separate reports from Odessa, Vinnitsa, and Moldavioindicate that extensive resccding will be required ia theee southern areas. Heavy enow folly during February in the Central feeions have inproved conditions for viator crops in those areas, and the Soviets have indicated that the condition of theso winter crops ls good.
Grain procurenont plans for KOcakhstan andBB and official Soviet etatenents Indicating that the grain area vill not be reduced significantlyI1 cu&eeot that tho Soviets are rafting en all-out effort to recover fron the disastrous uheat crop3 and will not loplowont extensive dryland farming practices in the Bav lands.
Furthered re. p. reduction inft procurekent plnQ Jfor cotton hclov the; lcveA (sfcWfc .cueist* that eoao or thehich norttol^youldfco'j^ted to cotton may be devoted to t&lyor coVft. the Soviets have" iadicatefl thathe re seeding required in the winter groin areas vill he In spring vheotagain, wj unusual practice. The area to he pleated, to Eusar beeto ip to be.erpanaed by one-third, in an apparent effort to recover from tlie vorj poor eager beet crop
Current prospects for tbe production of livestock productsnot favorable. Udderf alf lUment of Current procurement plans for milk end eggs end overfulfillaeot of tbe neat plan reflsct tha Yory tight feed situation. Seme reduction in herds, including breeding otocS, ia ntlll taking place, but future supplies of oedt will suffer be* cause of the need to rebuild herds.Original document.