Russia must take off WTO strait-jacket to feed 500 mln people

Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov said that Russia can feed not only Russians, but also 500 million people. To ensure food security in the country, the authorities should take more effort to develop collective farms, Zyuganov said at the economic forum in the city of Orel.

The Communist Party administration, Advisor to the Russian President Sergei Glazyev, governors of Orel and Irkutsk regions, representatives of ministries, departments, regions, local authorities, deputies of different levels, representatives of large and small businesses, experts of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the Chamber of Commerce take part in the work of the forum.

"Food security of the country can be ensured in two or three years. To revive the Russian agricultural industry, one needs to pay first priority attention to large collective farms and co-operatives," said Gennady Zyuganov.

"Agricultural land should be returned into circulation This can be done only through the reconstruction of agricultural production," he said. In today's Russia, Zyuganov added, 42 million hectares of land are "all grown over with weeds."

Making a reference to the results of a scientific research, the Communist Party leader said that Russia was capable of feeding not only its own population but also more than 500 million people.

For the development of science and industry, a good education system is highly important. According to Zyuganov, "it is imperative to restore the system of vocational education training for all profiles of education, retrieve the prestige of technical and pedagogical universities."

According to the leader of the Communist Party, one needs to establish control over the prices of essential commodities and introduce state monopoly on alcohol.

"Both the tsarist and Soviet times have shown the efficiency of state monopoly on the production and sales of alcohol products. Vodka kings make enormous money today. State monopoly on the production and sale of alcohol products will bring more than three trillion rubles to the budget of the country," Gennady Zyuganov said.

In his speech, the leader of the Communist Party paid attention to Russia's membership in the World Trade Organization. Zyuganov is convinced that Russia should pull out from the organization.

"There is a question about Russia's pull out from the WTO. During three years of our membership in the WTO, the Russian budget has lost 800 billion rubles. Indirect losses are evaluated at four trillion," he said.

"Russia must take off the strait-jacket of the WTO. We are open to dialogue and trade, but we do not want to play by someone else's rules, playing up to those across the ocean as they set their prices for us," said Gennady Zyuganov.


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Author`s name Dmitry Sudakov