“Rather like a nightmare from the years of Soviet collectivization,” her friend Maxim replied.
Small private farms survive mainly in the mountainous regions where collectivization is impractical.
A major factor has been the collectivization of agriculture.
The government actively courted the peasants in order to win them over to its policy of collectivization.
Finally, collectivization of agriculture eliminated most of the newly enlarged small peasant class.
Nevertheless, the leadership has publicly credited the advance in agricultural production to the collectivization of farms.