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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta HERALD-Wednesday, March 14, 1973 Take Time Think. It could save you from "doing time11! SHOPLIFTING IS STEALING and if you ore a r.ale 16 or over or a female 18 or over, you will be considered and charged os an adult if you are caught shoplifting! You'll be photographed and fingerprinted. You'll have a criminal record, one which will follow you the rest of your life! tf you steal {shoplift) goods under value, it coufd get you up to two years time in prison over put you away for up to 10 yearsl IF you are under the adult ages, you'll be dealt wilh firmly in Juvenile court. And are real good you'll get caughi. Think about II Ts U worth sacrificing your time, and your future? Soviets have a PUBLISHED AS A PUBLIC SERVICE BY gc Herald new agri 4czar' By JOHN MORRISON MOSCOW (neuter) The Soviet Union's agricultural crisis has fin ally spilled over into the political arena lor llw first time since the current Kremlin leadership came to power nearly a decade ago. Agriculture .Minister Vladi- mir Matskevich has been dis- missed and I lie signs arc that other heads may roll. The poor 1972 grain harvest, which was '22-miilion tons below target, was at first blamed on freak weather con- ditions. But mismanagement and apathy seem to have caused more liavoc. Transport bottlenecks, bun- gling farm managers who ig- nored expert advice, short- ages of fertilizer and other failings now are being singled out in the press. TOP MAN TAKES OVEIt The job of filling the grain elevators now lias gone to one of the most powerful men in the Kremlin and a lifelong ag- ricultural expert, Dmitri Po- lyansky. In his new job, Polyansky has day-to-day executive con- trol over a highly centralized empire of state farms and collective farms. His first task will be to avoid a repetition of last year's harvest failure, which' forced the purchase of some Sa-billion dollars worth of for- eign grain. Prospects for 1973 are criti- cal, with almost no snow cover to protect the winter wheat in the key grain-pro- ducing areas of the Ukraine and the North Caucasus. Ono sharp frost might wreak dam- age on the same scale as last year. Folyansky's short-term wor- ries must also extend to other crops." Harvests last year of sugar beet, sunflower seeds, potatoes and vegetables were Mow the levels of the late 1960s. CHANCES GOOD With good luck, good weather and the ability to keep his subordinates on their toes, he has a reasonable chance of producing better re- sults and avoiding the need to dip deeply into scarce re- serves of foreign exchange. The Soviet Union can afford to sell off gold, platinum and ether precious natural re- sources once in a while to keep its population fed. But the result Is a cut In buying desperately-needed technology such as computers from tlio capitalist world. Almost all Polyansky's headaches date from the days of Josef Stalin. After the liberal New Eco- nomic Policy in the 1920s, when the peasants prospered and production returned al- most to the levels of 1913, Sta- lin's breakneck industriali- zation policies produced a swift about-face. Forced into collective farms in 1929-33, often at gunpoint, tlie peasants slaughtered their livestock and millions died in waves of famine. PEASANTS NEGLECTED .Until Stalin's death in 1953 the peasantry remained the Cinderella section of Soviet society, existing in a subsist- ence economy. Under Nikita Khrushchev massive areas of virgin land in Kazakhstan were put to the plow but success turned lo failure with a disastrous grata harvest in 1963. This setback and the Krem- lin leaders' tendency to get carried away by the search for instant solutions, such as the idea of planting com over vast unsuitable areas, were among the factors which caused his downfall in 1864. Leonid Brezhnev and Alexed Kosygin raised prices paid to the farms, gave farm workers in the collectives a guaran- teed monthly income for the first time and improved condi- tions of life in the country. They achieved a record grain harvest of 181-million tons in 1970 and followed it by one nearly as good in 1971. RELAXED RESTRICTIONS They increased the supply of meat and vegetables by re- laxing Khrushchev's restrie-' tions on the peasants' cultiva- tion of private plots and avoided some of his worst mistakes. Current policy attempts to keep long-term results in view, with emphasis on irriga- tion, water conservation, land reclamation and other pro- jects. Polyansky is understood lo be a firm believer in large- scale investment to cure the country's agricultural weak- nesses and he has an agricul- ture budget about 10 per cent higher than that of 1971. However, the problems re- main immense. About 40 per cent of the population still live on the land. They total over 100 million, which is about the same as before the First World War. Save on this 10" Craftsman radial arm saw It's a most a complete workshop in itself. Here's a deat that really cuts it...a saying on our 10" Craftsman radial arm This gutsy machine has a 2-np. motor to really help It slice through It'll crosscut, rip rabbet or milre and with Craftsman accessories it will shape. drill, dado, rout and sand, it replaces countless tools. And it's built to last. Thermal overload protector on the motor resists burnouts. The bail bearing roller carriage is permanently lubricated. Function-coded chart on the iop of the arm for fast, easy set-ups. 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