The wide range of measures undertaken and implemented by the Party in recent years to develop the productive forces in the countryside have borne fruit. Gross agricultural output in 1953-61 increased 1.6-fold. But this growth is clearly inadequate. The present level of production does not satisfy the ever-growing requirements of society in agricultural produce, especially livestock produce, nor does it permit us to solve the problem of raising the people's standard of living. Agricultural output in the first three years of the Seven-Year Plan period has fallen short of the planned level. This has provided the danger that the seven-year plan of agricultural development may not be fulfilled and has led to difficulties in keeping the population regularly supplied with meat and certain other products.