President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov instructed the government’s agrarian bloc to reduce the fields to be sown with wheat for the 2020 crop and increase the area for cotton, Neutral Turkmenistan reports.
The head of state voiced this decision at a video conference with the heads of the regions of Turkmenistan.
Signing the decree "On the production of a rich wheat crop in Turkmenistan in 2020," Berdymukhamedov noted that "considering the fact of ensuring the country's food security, the size of land that will be sown with wheat for the next year’s crop will be reduced." "According to the adopted programs to increase the volume of exported products, also industrial development of the country, the land freed from winter grain will be given for sowing cotton," the Turkmen leader said.
About what area will be allocated in 2020 for wheat and what will be the plan for its production, not reported.
In Turkmenistan, in 2019, the grain wedge amounted to 760 thousand hectares, and the volume of the state order for the production of wheat was 1.6 million tons.
Currently, Turkmenistan annually produces more than 1 million tons of cotton.