Turkmenistan developing grassland farming
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Jan. 14
By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend
Currently, about 38.1 million hectares account for the total area of pastures in Turkmenistan, the ‘Neutral Turkmenistan’ newspaper reported.
Natural lands are the main source of livestock feed.
The manual entitled ‘Pastures adjacent to the hydrotechnical facility called Altyn Asyr lake’ has been prepared for publication. The lake will be created in the Karakum Desert. The implementation of this project opens up new opportunities for the development of various sectors of agriculture, including grassland farming.
Natural pastures are a category of agricultural lands owned by the state and ensuring their rational use and protection is a key component of national programs.
The lake is located in the natural hollow called Karashor, the length of which is 103 and the width – 18 kilometers respectively. The volume of the whole water basin will make up 132 billion cubic meters. The first phase of the project was commissioned in 2009.
Turkmen scholars believe that the creation of a big artificial reservoir in Karakum will improve the melioration state of irrigated areas, increase agricultural productivity and prevent soil salinization.