In the near future, Uzbekistan intends to completely abandon manual cotton collection and switch to machine collection. As announced by head of the national holding “Uzagrotehsanoatholding” Nodir Otjononov, in order to completely refuse from manual collection of cotton, about 10,000 units of cotton harvesting equipment should be delivered to the domestic market of the republic. This will allow to achieve the 100 percent level of mechanized cotton harvesting.
“The priority task today is the mechanization of harvesting raw cotton. More than 1,000 cotton harvesting machines are used on the fields of the country. The organization of a facility for production of such machinery will result in solving a whole range of issues, including those related to the preparation of fields, cultivation, sowing, sprinkling, and much more. Talking about specific figures, the country’s needs for such machinery can be estimated in the range of 5,000 to 10,000 units,” N. Otjononov said.
Uzbekistan has the opportunity to annually produce 1,000-1,500 cotton harvesters at its enterprises. According to the plans, it is planned to produce more than 600 units in 2017. Next year, plans are afoot to deliver at least 1,000 harvesters to the domestic market of the country.
The main priority of the newly established holding company is the provision of high quality cotton harvesting machines. In this regard, the holding company has begun the work on deep modernization of production facilities, cooperating with more than ten manufacturers in this field.
“We cooperate with those who operate our machines and those who receive raw cotton, so as not to have any complaints from them. The harvesters will prove their competitiveness this year,” the chairman of “Uzagrotexanoatholding” said.