Cotton sowing starts in Turkmenistan
27 Mar
Cotton sowing starts in Turkmenistan

Important agricultural campaign – the cotton sowing, has started in the country. According to the schedule, cotton producers of Ahal, Balkan, Lebap and Mary Velayats has started the campaign on March 25, reports the State News Agency of Turkmenistan.

Cotton production is one of the leading branches of national agricultural complex, which provides significant contribution to realization of the state programmes in import substitutive sphere and increment of export potential of the country. last year, the cotton grower have exceeded their contractual obligations, having produced more than 1,050,000 tons of raw cotton.

According to the Resolution of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, arable lands for the cotton have been increased this year up to 620,000 hectares. This decision has been taken due to the construction and opening of new textile facilities, growth of internal demand on cotton products.

Private agricultural producers, who received lands from special land fund of agricultural purpose, will also participate in cultivation of this crop.

In general, it is planned to produce 1,259,000 tons of cotton in the country including 280,000 tons in Ahal Velayat, 10,000 tons in Balkan Velayat, 275,000 tons in Dashoguz Velayat, 320,000 tons in Lebap Velayat and 365,000 tons in Mary Velayat.

More than 7,600 different tractors, more than 1,700 planters, more than 5,000 cultivators and other agricultural equipment providing uninterrupted sowing campaign as well as fulfilment of following agricultural works will be used in this campaign.

It is planned to use new equipment, which was delivered to the country recently, in particular the planters provided with telematics digital electronic system, tractors, which were bought from the world leader of agricultural equipment manufacturer – John Deere.

Exhibitions of agricultural equipment and production of processing facilities of agricultural complex of Turkmenistan were organized under the events on occasion of the sowing campaign. Music, folk and choreographic collectives of the velayats prepared artistic gifts to the cotton producers.