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07.10.06 13:45
Saparmurat Niyazov raps local governors for failures in cotton harvest
Chairing an expanded session of the cabinet of ministers yesterday, Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov sharply criticized heads of local structures of executive power and agricultural sector for unsatisfactory situation with cotton harvest.

As the State news service (TDH) reports, the Turkmen leader said that lack of responsibility of regional officials, their incompetence to properly manage the harvest, their unwillingness to work in a new fashion taking into consideration the realities of present time were the main factors of bad situation on the cotton fields. "As a result, the rate of cotton gathering keeps going down to some 300 tons a day, which is far from the set target," Saparmurat Niyazov said.

The head of state also drew attention to inadmissibility of such violations as using state workers and soldiers for field works. Besides, Turkmenistan has adopted a law prohibiting the use of child labor. Those who violate it will be severely punished, the president said. Saparmurat Niyazov asked deputy heads of the cabinet of ministers to make sure that no workers coming from sectors under their control are diverted for cotton picking.

During the harvest campaign serious violations were committed by Daikhanbank, which was entrusted with an important mission of implementing the state financial policy in agriculture, the head of state said.

Saparmurat Niyazov issued a number of sharp reprimands to the head of the agricultural joint stock company, S.Tajev, having underlined extremely poor performance of the company. Similar degree of wrath fell on the ministers of agriculture and water management of Turkmenistan. The head of state stressed that they have incomplete information of the situation on the ground. As a result, there is direct violation of agro-technical standards as, for example, timely discontinuation of irrigation of cotton fields which also serves as impediment to harvest campaign.

Saparmurat Niyazov demanded that the situation with cotton harvest campaign and misconduct that took place there should be improved in the shortest time.

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