Tajik province launches cotton sowing campaign
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 1 /Trend /
Some districts in the southern Khalton province of Tajikistan have launched a cotton-sowing campaign, Asia-Plus reported on Friday.
"To-date, some farming units in Khatlon province have planted cotton on 3,300 hectares," Abboskhouja Yahyokhoujayev, the head of the crop sector department within the Ministry of Agriculture, told Asia-Plus in an interview on Friday afternoon.
He said that about 209,000 hectares have been allocated to cotton cultivation this year; of them, more than 5,600 hectares will be sown with fine-stapled cotton.
"Specialists expect farmers to yield between 415,000 to 420,000 tons of raw cotton this year, depending on weather conditions," Yahyokhoujayev said.
Last year, Tajikistan yielded more than 415,000 tons of raw cotton from 204,000 hectares, which was 6.2 percent or 25,000 tons more than it was originally planned.
Cotton makes an important contribution to both the agricultural sector and the national economy.
Edited by V. Zhavoronkova