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Cotton harvest amounted to 228,000 tons

19 December 2018 [13:58] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews

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.

The cotton harvest in Azerbaijan exceeded 228,000 tons.

According to the State Statistical Committee, 228 003 tons of products were delivered to the cotton-picking stations by December 18, Trend reports.

This results is 12.2 percent more than in the same period of 2017.

Most of cotton harvest was recorded in Saatli (30,058 tons), in Barda (24,962 tons), in Agjabadi (22,825 tons), in Bilasuvar (21,773 tons) and in Beylagan (21,281 tons).

It should be noted that 132,512 hectares were planted with cotton in 22 regions of Azerbaijan in 2018. 

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.

In 2016, the planting area reached 51,000 hectares, and the stock crop reached 89,000 tons. However, in 2017, the area of cotton fields reached 136,000 hectares, the amount of harvest increased by 2.3 times compared to 2016. As many as 132,512 hectares of cotton were planted in 22 regions in 2018 and 260,000 tons are expected to be harvested.

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.

It should be noted that 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 ($ 353.05-382.47), the second grade - from 580 to 630 manats ($ 341.28-370.70), the third grade - from 540 to 590 manats ($ 317.74-347.16),  the fourth grade - from 500 to 550 manats ($ 294.21-323.63).


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