Unlike in Romania, where farmlands are being bought and put into good agriculture use,
in Latvia the farmlands lie in weeds, the dwellings being left to rot and fall, while at
the same time, the unemployment is high, and the highly educated people are leaving
for the West, more especially United Kingdom.
How is it, that a place which was the pride of the Soviet Union 20 years ago, with
abundant harvests, many factories and workshops, today has become a place where
mostly Latvian pensioners are left? The young people around town being from other
European countries who have invested money to develop the best parts of Riga but
left everything else as it is.
What has gone wrong with Latvia? Isn't there an entrepreneurial class amongst Latvians
who could help rebuild their own economy? Or is agriculture such, that maybe they
will have to invite immigrants who can bear the bitter cold but help turn the disused
farms and farm-buildings back into productive use?