INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT PACT (DM) – The International Agricultural Development Pact, an international agriculture-based organisation formed of the delegations of six nations – Elsanor, Lundenwic, Mallanor, Roseland, Shorewell and Überstadt – has released its journal for the 2016 Autumn period.
The journal itself details the various agricultural developmental progress of the member states, written and filed by the Pact’s chairperson, King Eric I of Elsanor. Proudly trumpeting from the outset that “Micronational agriculture is at a turning point”, it goes on to detail the apparent numerous successes of the signatory countries to the Pact, such as Shorewell, which, according to the Journal, saw the creation of a “nascent” industry in mint, tomatoes, apples, and coriander seeds as a result of their government’s hefty investment in agricultural escapades. The report indicates that the Shorewellese Government has gone as far as indicating they are “well placed to eradicate poverty and hunger within its borders”. Statistics to this effect are unavailable.
Überstadt also reported a number of successes. The report cites the expansion of Überstadti raspberry production and increased “work[ing] over” of strawberry patches to increase efficiency, aided by the donation of plants by an American benefactor – though also remarks that the poor soil quality of that territory held by Rosewood Fruits, Überstadt’s nationalized agricultural co-operative, has necessitated “unconventional” means of agricultural development.
Lundenwic, the report remarks, suffers from an apparent disadvantage insofar as agriculture is concerned as a result from a lack of “arable land”, though the journal goes on to discuss the introduction of fig and olive plants to the territory, which have “adapted well to the local environment”.
Elsanor reported a wide variety of agricultural escapades; lying within what is termed “Hardiness Zone 7”, hardiness zones being geographical areas in which particular categories or types of plant are best suited to growing, the report declares that “its farmers can take advantage of three growing seasons in a good year: Spring, Summer and Fall”. The report continues to discuss the improvement of spinach and sweet potato production; with this being said, arguably the crowning achievement the report cites is the production of 40 acres of cotton by Elsanor specifically, as part of a co-operation with a group of American farmers (Elsanor was responsible for producing 20% of the total cotton output, which came to 200 acres). Elsanor’s Agricultural Bureau has projected that, as a result of the potential cotton sale and the remainder of the agricultural industry, Elsanor’s agricultural exports will come to a value of ξ176,000 ESF, or $35,200 USD, for 2016.
The report closes by remarking that, while developments have been positive, progress has been “slower than expected”, with the infrastructure of the organization only coming into force in October of this year. It details the creation of a rotating Chairman system, which first elected King Eric I of Elsanor (who’s term will come to an end in January next year). The report also admits that internal policy may need to come under review, citing difficulties with “securing support” for the organisation’s seed bank policy and hypothesizing that attention needs to be paid to incentivising and deincentivising member states.
Neither Roselandic nor Mallanorian agricultural information was listed in the report.