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(1923) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen - Tema: Russia
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104 RUSSIA AND PEACE
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Year. Crop (in tons).
igi7 181,800
172,500
83,000
73,800
I9iB
1919
1920
90,000-98,000
1921
Although the crop increased in 1921, the area
sown with flax had decreased. The cause of this
decrease was that the price of foodstuffs rose
during this famine-period much more than did
the price of manufactured goods. Whereas prior
to the war a kilogramme of flax was worth 5
kilogrammes of rye, in 1920 a kilo of rye was
worth 2 kilos of flax, and in 1921 it was worth
51 kilos.
It was therefore not in the peasant’s interest to
cultivate textile plants. After the harvest of 1922
the price of textiles drew level again with that
of foodstuffs and then passed considerably beyond
it. Whereas on February 1, 1923, the price of
foodstuffs was 34 million times higher than before
the war, the price of textile goods was 40 millions
higher.
In 1922 the area under flax already began to
increase. According to a report sent to me by
the Supreme Council of National Economy, the
quantity of flax offered on the market exceeded
by two or three times what the Russian textile
industry could purchase, although it had increased
Area Sown
thousands of
hectares).
854
836
604
529
,bout 4400

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