Cotton planting has started in the country: on March 25, the cotton growers in Mary, Lebap, Balkan and Akhal velayats began the sowing campaign, later, on March 29, they will be joined by farmers in Dashoguz region, the Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reports citing the State News Agency.
Last year, the plan for the "white gold" was over-fulfilled - more than 1 million 50 thousand tons of cotton was delivered to the state farm. This year, it is planned to harvest 1 million 250 thousand tons of cotton, including 280 thousand tons in Akhal province, Balkan province - 10 thousand tons, Dashoguz province - 275 thousand tons, Lebap province - 320 thousand tons and Mary province - 365 thousand tons.
This year, the area under cotton cultivation has been expanded to 620 thousand hectares. The corresponding decree was signed by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, who pays great attention to the development of the country's agro-industrial sector. Significant funds are allocated for the irrigation of farmland, modernization of the cotton-cleaning industry, construction and commissioning of new textile enterprises.
In the new sowing year, the latest equipment - seeders and tractors equipped with a telematic digital electronic system from the famous American company "John Deere" will be brought to the fields.