Turkmenistan preparing for cotton sowing
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Feb. 19
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a working meeting to assess the progress of agricultural work, including preparations for spring sowing of cotton, Trend reports with reference to the Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper.
Cotton sowing in Turkmenistan usually begins in the second half of March.
The Turkmen president drew attention to the need for an integrated and responsible approach to the organization of the upcoming sowing campaign and, in general, seasonal field work, which should be conducted in accordance with agrotechnical norms and terms and on a scientific basis, the report said.
Cotton is a significant export item of Turkmenistan and is a highly demanded raw material for dozens of modern plants of the dynamically developing textile industry in the country.
This year, 550,000 hectares are allocated for cotton in Turkmenistan, and a total of 1.050 million tons of raw cotton is planned to be harvested. It is planned to sow cotton seeds taking into account the soil and climatic conditions of the regions.
Government procurement prices for cotton were increased in Turkmenistan in 2019. The state will buy one ton of fine-fiber cotton varieties from citizens for 2,000 manats, medium-fiber varieties at 1,500 manats.
For comparison, the previous prices were 1,650 and 1,144 manats respectively.
Raw cotton harvest is planned at 1.250 million tons next year in Turkmenistan.