V. I.   Lenin

Measures for Improving the Organisation of State Farms[1]

Draft Decision For The C.P.C.

Written: Written March 9, 1920
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Printing, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 183b.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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All work to improve the organisation and management of the state farms should be centred on strongly combating, first, the patently landowner-type abuses that have come to light in the application of money rent, métayage, and so on; secondly, the extremely low labour discipline and extremely low productivity of labour.

Exact information to be demanded of the gubernia land departments and state farms as to what measures they have taken in this direction and what practical results they have achieved. Responsible persons to be appointed answerable before a court of law for the carrying out of this decision and the elimination of abuses. If need be, the entire managing personnel of the worst farms should be replaced. Certain farms should be selected as specialised model farms of a producing or purely consuming type and data concerning the state of these farms to be recorded separately.


[1] Lenin proposed this draft at a meeting of the C.P.C. during a discussion of the question of the state farms. The Council instructed S. P. Sereda, People’s Commissar for Agriculture, “to submit the exact text of all decisions on this question and the draft decision drawn up in this connection”. The Draft Decision on Measures for State Farm Organisation drawn up by the People’s Commissariat for Agriculture was endorsed by the C.P.C. on April 15, 1920.

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