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Author`s name Ольга Савка

Russia Will Feed the Whole World! - 9 October, 2002

It seems that the Russian Agricultural Ministry and its head are spinning. Minister Aleksey Gordeyev was ready to resign a couple of weeks ago due to a very low harvest of grain. Today he proudly reported that Russia was going to feed all hungry people of the world with its low quality grain. The minister particularly mentioned South Africa, North Korea and Afghanistan.

RIA Novosti reported, Aleksey Gordeyev agreed on that with the Executive Director of the UN World Food Program James Morris. According to Gordeyev, Russia will deliver 30 thousand tons of wheat to the hungry. The head of the Agricultural Ministry claimed that it would be the humanitarian aid. All those deliveries will be carried out at the expense of Russia’s budget. The minister was determined to sell the Russian wheat all over the world before, to earn money on that. Now he is willing to give it away.

Furthermore, Russia will become a donor of the World Food Program. In return, Russia was included in the Executive Committee of the organization.

It is hard to imagine, what Mr. Morris thought after he learned about Russia’s generosity. James Morris acknowledged before that Russia was one of the most important countries that did not support the UN World Food Program at all. However, according to Morris, Russia’s serious success in the field of agriculture allowed it to feed the hungry people of other countries.

The World Food Program renders serious food support to millions of people all over the world. In 2001 the program helped 80 million people from 81 countries. The program does not have any food reserves. They use the supplies of donor countries, and Russia is one of them now. James Morris stated that there were 14 million hungry people in South Africa, 6.5 million people in North Korea, and about ten million people in Afghanistan. Of course, the Russian wheat will be very helpful to the UN World Food Program.

Let’s hope that millions of poor Russian pensioners will not learn anything about that endeavor of the Russian Agricultural Ministry. The state was racking its brains about a way to use the record harvest of grain. For some reason, it did not occur to statesmen to use it for giving away free bread to veterans, disabled people, pensioners and millions of Russian homeless people. It deems that it is far beyond the logic of the Russia’s economic policy. Let’s feed the hungry people of the world for free.

Kira Poznakhirko
PRAVDA.Ru