Full text: The reconstruction of agriculture in the Soviet Union

derive advantages from this large-scale farming in 
the form of an increase in the labor productivity of 
the members of the collective farms, of a better utiliza- 
tion of the means of production which the collective 
farms had at their disposal, as a result of the collec- 
tivization of the means of production formerly belong- 
ing to the individual peasant, and as a result of the 
acquisition of means of production in conformity with 
modern technical standards. 
These advantages of large-scale production are evi- 
denced in an increase of yield, a lowering of the cost 
of production; an increase in profits, and likewise in 
the higher standard of living of the members of the 
collective farms. 
The collective farms have inaugurated a new pace 
of development in agriculture. Whereas up to recent 
years the total annual increase in the sown area had 
not exceeded 4 to 5 per cent, this year, with the state 
and collective farms as a basis, the sown area in the 
U. S. S. R. has increased more than 10 per cent. 
Thus, both from the point of view of the general 
progress and increased volume of agricultural produc- 
tion and from that of the interests of the small and 
very small producers themselves, collectivization sig- 
nifies a change bearing the greatest advantages. 

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