Cot­ton har­vest up by 13.1pct

Azer News - - Nation - By Le­man Mam­madova

Cot­ton grow­ing can give a se­ri­ous im­pe­tus to the de­vel­op­ment of the light in­dus­try in the coun­try. The de­vel­op­ment of cot­ton grow­ing is of par­tic­u­lar im­por­tance for the per­ma­nent em­ploy­ment of the ru­ral pop­u­la­tion, and the strength­en­ing of the live­stock breed­ing base.

Some 216,403 tons of cot­ton have been de­liv­ered to cot­ton col­lec­tion points as of No­vem­ber 27.

Most of the cot­ton was har­vested in Saatli (28,391 tons), Barda (23,571 tons), Ag­jabadi (21,952 tons), Bi­la­su­var (20,563 tons) and Bey­la­gan dis­tricts (20,285 tons), ac­cord­ing to the Agri­cul­ture Min­istry.

Com­pared to the same pe­riod of last year, cot­ton har­vest in­creased by 13.1 per­cent in 2018. Har­vest still con­tin­ues on the fields.

For ev­ery kilo­gram of cot­ton handed to state pro­cess­ing en­ter­prises, farm­ers are given 0.10 manat sub­sidy.

In or­der to en­cour­age farm­ers to sow cot­ton crops and in­crease their ma­te­rial well­be­ing, pur­chase prices of cot­ton va­ri­eties have been in­creased by 50 man­ats ($ 29.42) per ton. The price of the first grade prod­uct for the 2018 has been in­creased from 600 to 650 man­ats ($ 353.05382.47), the se­cond grade - from 580 to 630 man­ats ($ 341.28370.70), the third grade - from 540 to 590 man­ats ($ 317.74-347.16), the fourth grade - from 500 to 550 man­ats ($ 294.21-323.63).

There is a rich tra­di­tion and great po­ten­tial for the de­vel­op­ment of cot­ton grow­ing in Azer­bai­jan. In early 1913, cot­ton was planted in over 100,000 hectares of land and 65,000 tons of crops were pro­duced in Azer­bai­jan. Cot­ton was the main source of in­come in Shir­van, Mughan-Salyan and Mil-Karabakh. In the 1980s, cot­ton pro­duc­tion in Azer­bai­jan de­creased due to the low pur­chas­ing price of crude cot­ton in the world mar­ket, the high cost of the prod­uct, and the weak de­vel­op­ment of the do­mes­tic light in­dus­try.

Now, a com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach to this area is needed to achieve the re­vival of the in­dus­try. One of the im­por­tant con­di­tions for the com­pet­i­tive­ness of cot­ton in­dus­try in the world mar­ket is the pro­vi­sion of man­u­fac­tur­ers with bet­ter qual­ity seeds.

In early 2017, the State Pro­gram for 2017-2022 was ap­proved with an aim of strength­en­ing mea­sures di­rected at de­vel­op­ing this sphere. The pur­pose of the State Pro­gram is to de­velop cot­ton grow­ing, in­crease ex­port po­ten­tial in this sphere, en­sure em­ploy­ment of the ru­ral pop­u­la­tion and in­crease the pro­duc­tion of cot­ton.

The new goal of the state is to bring the cot­ton pro­duc­tion up to 500,000 tons by 2022 from the cur­rent 260,000 tons.

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