Uzbekistan to decrease cotton production
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Jan. 18
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
Uzbekistan is planning to decrease production and public procurement of raw cotton up to 3 million tons by 2020, President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov said at the session of the Cabinet of Ministers dedicated to the 2015 results.
President said that it is necessary to carry out structural reforms in agriculture and development of economy of Uzbekistan. He said that the volume of production and public procurement of raw cotton should be decreased from 3.35 million tons to 3 million tons by 2020.
Islam Karimov said that according to estimates, this volume of raw cotton will ensure full provision of raw material to textile and light industry and keep position of Uzbekistan as cotton-fiber supplier and its producer in the world.
President of Uzbekistan said that about 170,500 tons of irrigated lands will be freed in the result of decreasing of cotton-fiber by 350,000 tons. He said that the crop at the free fields usually make up 12-15 centners a hectare - at average yield in Uzbekistan of 26.1 centners a hectare. He said that saline land, lands in mountain areas, which are not suitable for cotton production, will be freed.
Uzbek president also said that the prices and demand to cotton-fiber in the world is also in decline. Islam Karimov said that the freed lands will be used to production of vegetables such as potatoes, forage, oil cultures, create gardens and vineyards.
According to the Uzbek President, Uzbekistan plans to increase production of grain crops up to 8.5 million tons with the growth rate of 16.4 percent by 2020 due to optimization of lands and introduction of modern agriculture technologies. It is also planned to increase production of potatoes by 35 percent, other vegetables - by 30 percent, fruits and grapes - 21.5 percent, meat - by 26.2 percent, milk - by 47.3 percent, eggs - by 74.5 percent and fish - by 2.5 times.
At the same time, the president of Uzbekistan said that the exports of these food products will increase.