Uzbekistan collects over 3.4m tons of raw cotton
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Oct. 16 / Trend D.Azizov /
The Uzbek cotton growers collected over 3.4 million tons of raw cotton, the local media reported.
Uzbekistan collected over 3.4 million tons of raw cotton this year, Uzbek President Islam Karimov said in his congratulation message to cotton-growers of the country.
"We all realize that this wonderful success is a result of the self-sacrificing labor of our farmers, specialists and machine operators, of all rural workers, who contributed to this," the President's message reads.
"Agriculture does not know a year that would not require enormous efforts from the people, who have linked their lives with farming. This year's season was also very difficult for us. The spring was very rainy, and nature has caused a lot of problems in the form of frequent mudflows and hails. Because of lack of heat of the sun, the process of preparation of the fields to sowing and the growth of cotton was delayed by almost a month," the message reads.
"Moreover, because of the increased humidity various plant diseases spread, and the amount of agricultural vermin increased, which became another serious challenge for the farmers," Karimov said.
He underlined with satisfaction that the share of raw cotton, which was received as first grade, made up about 90 percent. The yield growth this year rose by 4 percent year-on-year and reached to 26.3 metric centner per hectare, Karimov said.
This year's results are different from those of the previous years with high crop yield and the fiber quality. Some districts have managed to harvest 45-50 centners of cotton from each hectare of land, he said.
Islam Karimov said the best results were achieved in Andijan, Surkhandarya, Tashkent, Namangan and Ferghana regions, as well as in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, where the plan was implemented in 25-30 days.
"Today, Uzbek cotton is enjoying the increasing demand on the international arena, where our country is becoming one of the centers of the world cotton market. This was proved by the fifth international cotton fair held in Tashkent recently, where famous foreign trade companies participated and numerous large contracts were signed," Karimov underlined.
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