Cotton sowing continues in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Materials 16 April 2018 10:49 (UTC +04:00)

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, April 16

By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:

More than 215,120 hectares of land have been sown with cotton in Turkmenistan, and the pace of sowing continues to increase, the Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reported.

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at a government meeting demanded that the spring agricultural work and, first of all, cotton sowing, be carried out in the best possible time, the report said.

He drew attention to the importance of compliance with agrotechnical norms in agriculture, rational use of water resources and effective operation of the equipment.

The cotton sowing season started in Turkmenistan on March 23. A total of 545,000 hectares of land are allocated for cotton in Turkmenistan. It is planned to harvest a total of 1.050 million tons of cotton, including 207,000 tons in the Akhal province, 230,000 tons in Dashoguz province, 300,000 tons in the Lebap province, and 313,000 tons in the Mary province.

More than 7,000 tractors of different brands, more than 2,100 seeders, more than 5,000 cotton cultivators and other agricultural machinery are involved in the sowing campaign.

Cotton makes up a weighty part of Turkmenistan’s exports and it is a sought-after raw material for dozens of modern enterprises in the country’s dynamically developing textile industry.