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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Uzbek Cotton Target

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- Uzbekistan has set a raw-cotton production target of 3.9 million metric tons this year, down from last year's 4-million-ton target, but up on actual 1999 output of 3.7 million tons, an official said Friday.

"The target for the raw-cotton harvest in 2000 has been lowered to 3.9 million tons," an Agriculture Ministry official said. He said the area sown to cotton this spring would drop to 1.425 million hectares from 1.505 million in 1999.

The official said the reduced cotton area would allow the Central Asian state of 24 million people to sow more grains and reduce its dependence on imports.

Uzbekistan plans to produce 50,000 tons of extra wheat and 30,000 tons of rice from the 80,000 hectares transferred from cotton cultivation to grain. Grain output in 1999 was 3.9 million tons from 3.8 million the previous year, against the official target of 4.6 million tons.

Uzbekistan exports the bulk of its cotton. Last year, exports of cotton were valued at $884 million, or 27 percent of export earnings.