The Soviet Union's Central Statistical Board has announced a record gain harvest in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
CU & GV Wheat heads and fields of wheat in Kazakhstan (3 SHOTS)
GV Wheat field with combine harvesters at work (2 SHOTS)
SV Piles of grain with harvester behind
SV Harvesters threshing straw (5 SHOTS)
LV, SV & CU Harvesting machine with conveyor forming pile of wheat grain (4 SHOTS)
SCU Grain pouring from conveyor belt, TILT DOWN TO women workers shovelling wheat (2 SHOTS)
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Background: The Soviet Union's Central Statistical Board has announced a record gain harvest in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The record was achieved even though there had been adverse weather during the growing period.
SYNOPSIS: News of the record harvest was accompanied in the Soviet Union's official press with the announcement that the Republic's Communist Party Chief, Dimmukhamed Kunayev, was awarded the Order of Lenin. This fruitful grain region was formerly virgin and fallow land brought into production since 1954.
Highly mechanised techniques have been introduced and now the virgin lands produce about 25 percent of the Soviet Union's grain output. Kazakhstan's record of more than thirty-three and a half million tons compares with its former best of less than thirty million tons. the yield in this region is often high even if the harvest in the rest of the Soviet Union is poor.
Reuters News Agency reports that Kazakhstan's record harvest is unlikely to offset a poor harvest overall for the Soviet Union this year. Estimates of the total harvest vary between 175 and 185 million tons.
Kazakhstan's big harvest, drought and other problems elsewhere in the country mean the Soviet Union may but up to 25 million tons of grain from the United States over the next 12 months.