NEWS AND EVENTS
October 28, 2013
Uzbekistan collects 3.35m tonnes of raw cotton
Uzbekistan collected over 3.35 million tonnes of raw cotton, the congratulation of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to farmers said.
Uzbek leader congratulated the farmers with their achievement and contribution to improving well-being of people and sustainable economic growth of the country.
Islam Karimov noted that this was achieved despite bad weather conditions in spring. He said that the temperature in spring was low and there were heavy rains, which resulted in late planting of the cotton. He added that the weather was hot in summer by 8-10 degrees.
Taking into account all these problems, it is valuable achievement for farmers, Uzbek leader said.
Uzbek President said that the country implements a five-year land-reclamation programme. He said that 1.46 million hectares of irrigated lands were improved in the country in last five years and about 1 trillion soums (Currency rates of CB from 28.10.2013 1$=2168.97 soums) were spent to implementation of the programme. He said it helped to increase crop volume, in particular, cotton – from 25 centners to 26.4 centners.
President Islam Karimov said that over 90% of harvested cotton was high grade cotton this year.
Uzbek leader added that Uzbekistan processed only 7% of harvested cotton in 1990s and now the figure reached about 40%. He said this helps to provide jobs to youth and increase their income.
According to preliminary calculations, this year gross income from cotton planting made up over 3.1 trillion soums, which rose by 23% compared to previous year, Islam Karimov said.