Tatarstan allocates plots of land to boost economy
(24 May 2020) As the increase in coronavirus cases in Russia appears to have passed its peak, concerns about the long-term economic impact are growing.
Authorities in the Bugulma District of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan have launched an initiative this month which allocates small plots of land for harvesting to those in need.
A collective of 65 families are taking part in the scheme and are growing potatoes.
Each family can use their 0.1 hectares plots to grow any kind of fruit and vegetables.
However, since this land lacks an irrigation system, most people have only planted what they know can survive the hot summer - potatoes.
Families pay for the crops but both the land and the cultivation is provided for free.
The plots are available to project participants until October.
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