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Tajikistan is getting ready for spring: a large fair of seedlings in Khujand (photo)

More than 1 020 000 seedlings of fruit and ornamental trees, various shrubs, seedlings, flowers were presented to consumers by the participants of the fair – the sale of seedlings in Khujand (Sughd region, Republic of Tajikistan).

This fair has long become traditional, being held twice annually, in late winter – early spring and autumn, according to the EastFruit Tajik team. The fair was attended by cooperatives, seed producers, farm enterprises, specialized institutes of horticulture, viticulture and soil science, banking, consulting, international and public organizations aimed at developing the agricultural sector of the Tajik economy from all 18 cities and districts of the Sughd region.

Sanginboy Sanginov, head of the Ovchi-Gonchi seed-growing cooperative, came to the fair from the Devashtich mountain region.

“Our farm specializes in the production of seed potatoes,” says S. Sanginov. “322 ha of land have been allocated for seed potatoes in our farm, and more than 40 tonnes were harvested from each hectare last year. Currently, the cooperative has more than 150 000 tonnes of seed potatoes of the varieties Aladdin, Picasso, Shukrona, Nurinisso, Kondur, Krasnaya Fantasy and the recently popular Azizi variety. The yield of this variety in our conditions reaches up to 50 tonnes per ha.

Our district is the largest potato-growing region in the republic. Farms from all regions of Tajikistan, where this most important agricultural product is produced, purchase seed material from us.”

Another agricultural region – Matchinsky – is located in the other northern part of the region and, in addition to cotton production, specializes in growing melons and peanuts. The first enterprise for processing, packaging and exporting this product in the republic will come into operation this year there.

“Last year, 2 500 ha were allotted for melons in the region,” says Narzullo Boymatov, head of the Department of Agriculture of the Matchinsky region, Narzullo Boymatov. From these areas, our farmers harvested more than 87 000 tonnes of watermelons, melons, pumpkins, a large part of which was exported. This year, it is planned to allocate 2 600 ha for melons and gourds in the region and get a record 100 000 tonnes.”

Greenhouse facilities are also developing in the region. Currently, tomatoes, cucumbers, and lemons are successfully grown in 128 greenhouses of various types in Matcha.

“At this fair, we present not only fruits produced in our region, but also purchase various seedlings,” continues N. Boimatov. “We are planning to set up a new intensive orchard in the district this spring on an area of ​​5 hectares, and over the next 5 years on 50 hectares.”


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