Turkmen president holds meeting on situation in agro-industrial sector

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, June 25

By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a working meeting with the leadership of the regional administration to discuss the situation in the agro-industrial sector, Trend reports referring to the "Turkmenistan" TV channel.

The head of state instructed to keep the focus of attention on the effective use of combine harvesters and other equipment involved in the harvesting and to make timely settlements with tenants for the delivered wheat crop.

Currently, the primary tasks are the harvesting of winter crops in the shortest possible time, ensuring transportation and proper storage without loss of the crop grown by the dedicated labor of farmers, "Neutral Turkmenistan" newspaper wrote in a report.

Wheat harvest started in early June in Turkmenistan.

In 2019, the country is planning to harvest 1.6 million tons of grains from 760,000 hectares. More precisely, the country is expecting to harvest 450,000 tons from Ahal province, 380,000 tons from Mary province, 350,000 tons from Lebap, 300,000 tons from Dashoguz and 120,000 tons from Balkan province.

About 2,000 combine harvesters of "CLAAS", "John Deere", "Case", "New Holland" will be involved in the harvest.

For the wheat production, the Turkmen state provides seeds, mineral fertilizers and means for combating agricultural pests on preferential terms.

In 2019, production costs for growing wheat will be 1,449.77 manats per hectare, but tenants will only refund 687.54 manats. Thus, more than half of the expenses of grain growers is subsidized by the state, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan reported earlier.

The official exchange rate of the Turkmen manat (TMM) to one US dollar remains at the level of 3.50 TMM since early 2015.

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