Turkmenistan cotton harvest collected

Business Materials 4 October 2012 15:09 (UTC +04:00)

Ashgabat, Oct. 4 /Trend H.Hasanov/

Collection of the cotton harvest is underway from the fields of Turkmenistan with a total square of 550,000 hectares. More than 60 per cent of the harvest has already been collected, Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reported on Thursday.

Some 1.109 million tons of cotton is planned each year and harvesting began late August.

The information says a rich harvest of Eloten-14, Eloten-32, 9871-I fine fibre cotton varieties were collected from the fields of the Mari and Akhal regions. These varieties are traditionally planted in the two southern regions of Turkmenistan considering soil and climatic conditions.
149F, 133, Eloten-7, Dashoguz -120, Serdar are classified among the medium fibre cotton varieties produced by farmers all over the country and collected through machine harvesting.

'Fine and medium fibre varieties of Turkmen cotton are characterised by a high productivity and quality', the report states.

Around 600 John Deer и Case Corporation harvesting combines are operating in the harvest. Over 2,500 trucks and 3,500 tractors are involved in the process.

The raw materials are supplied to 157 procurement centres from where the raw materials are transported to 37 enterprises for processing.

Late in September Turkmen President Gurbanguli Berdimuhamedow demanded that action be taken on an increase of the cotton harvesting rates and its successful completion was to be timely and without loss.

Around 1.1million tons of cotton was collected last year. The country traditionally exports raw materials to China, Russia, Great Britain, South Korea, Turkey, Iran, Indonesia, Singapore, Ukraine and the Baltics.