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Turkmenistan to start harvesting cotton in late August

This year it is planned to harvest a total of 1,500,000 tons of cotton

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Aug. 15 By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend: The final agro-technical works are being carried out on Turkmenistan's cotton field of 545,000 hectares, Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reported on Aug. 14.

"The harvest is scheduled to start late this month - on 29 August. In the northern part of the country - in Dashoguz Province the cotton picking will start later - on 7 September, in accordance with the soil and climatic conditions," according to the newspaper.

This year it is planned to harvest a total of 1,500,000 tons of cotton. Vegetation irrigation and cultivation are currently underway in the fields.

The newspaper noted that the first days of the cotton harvest will begin with manual collection of raw product, while harvester combines will start working on the fields in early September. Some 500 cotton harvesters, 700 tractors, commercial vehicles, trailers and other equipment have been brought to a state of readiness.

Some 159 procurement stations, 36 gin houses are ready to receive the new harvest.

Cotton fields are located in four provinces of Turkmenistan - Mary Province (165,000 hectares), the Akhal and Lebap provinces (120,000 hectares each), and the Dashoguz Province (140,000 hectares).

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