FAO/GIEWS - Foodcrops & Shortages 11/00 - TURKMENISTAN (6 November)


The 2000 winter grain harvest reached 1.7 million tonnes, above target (1.645 million tonnes) and some 280 000 tonnes more than in 1999. The increase in mainly in response to private responsibility for production under leasehold and has been achieved despite shortages of irrigation water in most neighbouring countries. Substantial resources are reported to have been allocated to farmers to expand rice production. However, a shortage of irrigation water, because of the drought which has affected Central Asia, could result in disappointing rice yields. The 2000 cotton harvest is reported to be 1.3 million tonnes, similar to last year's level.

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