Tajikistan reaches about 67 percent of the 2015 cotton target

03/11/2015 15:29
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, November 3, 2015, Asia-Plus – Despite the recent rainy weather, Tajik farming units are taking measures to gather cotton on time.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), the country’s cotton growing districts have yielded more than 266,000 tons of raw cotton by November 3, which is about 67 percent of the preliminary forecast.

95,000 people are now engaged in the cotton-harvesting campaign and they currently pick 2,800 tons of raw cotton per day.  

An official source at a MoA says that under the preliminary cotton crop forecast Tajik cotton growing districts are expected to yield 399,000 tons of raw cotton this year.

Cotton growers of the southern Khatlon province have yielded more than 196,000 tons for raw cotton by November 3.  The Sughd cotton growing districts have yielded more than 66,000 tons of raw cotton by November 3, and the cotton growing districts subordinate to the center have yielded more than 5,600 tons of raw cotton by November 3.

This year, Tajik farmers have planted cotton on nearly 180,000 hectares.

Last year, Tajik cotton growers produced nearly 399,000 tons of raw cotton from 178,000 hectares.       

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