At sunrise hard-working and courageous hemp growers go to a field as if they were fairy-tale heroes. Stock is waiting for them. They will kick it with their legs. Hemp has been picked in this way for centuries. Say, hemp growing is not only handwork but also "legwork". Russian hemp will make them famous in the whole world!
Nikolay Darichev, a director of Bolkhov hemp factory, works as an ordinary worker. There are 30 of them. But it's hard to call them heroes - moreover there are many women among them. But the work is really hard.
The factory performs some social function. There are many boys and girls from local orphanage who are left without home and work. Larichev has hired 4 girls over the last 4 years. They have comfortable rooms in an administrative building. Girls run household, cultivate their own vegetable gardens and work in a hemp field.
Don't laugh at word "hemp". Long ago, Russia was famous for its hemp in the whole world. For example the city of Bolkhov. According to the report there were about 16 hemp and oakum factories in 1868. The total turnout accounted for 1,5 million rubles (year income of the whole province). Bolkhov merchant Merkalov was admitted at industrial exhibition in Moscow. He was awarded with a gold medal. And Tsar's edict said: "to hemp manufacturer Aleksey Mercalov for great production of hemp for import." All local fields smelled with hemp.
In Soviet time there were 6 Heroes of Socialist Labour in the Bolkhon region. 2 - livestock breeders, 4 - hemp growers. There was a sovkhoz named after Lenin specializing in hemp growing. Hemp fields occupied the territory of 2000 hectares. Today kolkhozes don't grow hemp anymore. Actually they could but there are no specialists left - died, became drunkards or went to earn money to big cities. Thus the hemp factory has to lease local lands and factory employees work there from spring to autumn. Produce processing itself begins in winter.
Today there is only one hemp factory in Bolkhov. And cultivated territory accounts for less than 300 hectares. Practically there is no more hemp production left in the country. But Bolkhov hemp factory looks pretty good against the background of decline. But as usual it was reached through hard work. It couldn't happen without selfless people. That's why all the employees work in the harvesting period. The period is too long, the whole autumn until it snows. It's the reason why the director works like everyone else. It's necessary to finish in time.