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(1923) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen - Tema: Russia
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to describe them objectively ; and it deserves notice
that most of the statistics showing the decline in
production during recent years were published,
or officially sent to my representatives in Russia,
by the Soviet authorities, who openly acknowledge
the gravity of the situation.

I will only quote here two statistical tables, one
which shows the reduction of the area sown and
of the corn harvest, and another which gives the
production of flax.
Russia (excluding t
Turkestan).
Caucasus and
Corn IN THE
Area sown (in millions
of hectares—i hectare Crops
(in millions oi tons).
Year.
« aj acres).
1916 90-8 65-9
1920 62-5 28-9
1921 54 -° 26-9
1922 49-5 33-6
The fact that the area sown has decreased
between 1921 and 1922, in spite of the new
economic policy, is due to the famine caused by
the awful drought in 1921 in the Volga regions
and Southern Ukraine.
I believe, however, that the noticeable improve
ment that the harvest of 1922 has made in the
situation is even more striking than appears from
the table. It is true that I do not share the
view expressed by some Russian statisticians that
last year’s harvest reached t 8 or even 3 milliards

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