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November 2011

CASPIAN COUNTRIES TO DEVELOP NATIONAL ACTION PLANS UNDER TEHRAN CONVENTION

Source: Turkmenistan.ru, 28.11.2011

Ashgabat hosted a three-day regional meeting of working groups for development of national action plans under the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea (Tehran Convention). The forum was attended by international consultants and experts from government environmental agencies of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russia and Iran, representatives of the European Office of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), “CaspEco”, the Europa House in Turkmenistan and public organizations.

As the Turkmenistan.ru correspondent was told in the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan, a regional meeting was a combination of three meetings devoted to the development of national action plans under the Tehran Convention; Strategies for public participation as part of the plans, as well as preparation of a regional programme for monitoring of the Caspian Sea environment.

The representatives from the five countries discussed drafts of the long-term national plans of action under the Convention. These plans of action determine country specific goals and objectives for each Caspian state, including environmental, institutional and legal components, taking into account national interests. The priority is given to biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of fisheries and other marine resources, strengthening the legal framework for environmental protection and conservation of protected areas, management of man-made waste, increasing the level of environmental education of the population.

International experts presented a comprehensive report on the state of environment and a draft regional monitoring program for the Caspian Sea ecosystem.

TURKMENISTAN MEETS TARGET ON GATHERING 1.05 MILLION TONS OF COTTON

Source: Turkmenistan.ru, 28.11.2011

Cotton growers of Turkmenistan have fulfilled their contractual obligations by gathering more than 1 million 50 thousand tons of cotton. Raw cotton is being processed by 36 new ginneries. The sale of cotton to domestic and foreign consumers will be carried out through the State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange of Turkmenistan.

Farmers will be able to sell independently fiber, lint cotton and ulyuk produced from cotton in excess of state procurement plan.

Speaking at a government meeting, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the good results achieved by the cotton-growers. He stressed the need to ensure proper storage of harvested cotton.

TURKMENISTAN CELEBRATES DAY OF HARVEST

Source: Turkmenistan.ru, 28.11.2011

Following the tradition, Turkmenistan widely celebrated Hasyl Bayram – Day of Harvest on the last Sunday of November. The festive program dedicated to this event included forums, exhibitions and competitions, meetings with prominent Turkmen farmers, concerts and sport contests. Fairs demonstrating the achievements of the Turkmen people were arranged in all provinces of Turkmenistan.

The epicenter of the festivities was the International Equestrian Center, located in the picturesque place at the foot of the Kopet Dag mountain. Farmers, experienced agricultural experts and scientists were awarded valuable gifts on behalf of the President of Turkmenistan at a ceremony attended by members of the government and honorable elders of the country. An exhibition of Turkmenistan's achievements in agriculture as well as Akhal-Teke horse races were held as part of the celebration.

On the occasion of Bayram Hasyl the head of state sent his congratulations to the growers of high yields and the people of Turkmenistan. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that the harvest festival embodies the remarkable labor victory and evidence of respect for the hard work of farmers.

“The radical transformation of Turkmen villages, further raising the living standards in villagers are the priorities of the state policy in this important area,” the Turkmen leader said.

TURKMENISTAN PLANS TO HARVEST 1.6 MILLION TONS OF WHEAT IN 2012

Source: Turkmenistan.ru, 28.11.2011

Turkmenistan has successfully completed sowing of winter crops, the State News Agency TDH reported. In all, 860 hectares of fields were sown throughout the country. Next year, Turkmenistan plans to gather 1.6 million tons of food grain, including 450 thousand tons in Akhal province, 380 thousand tons in Mary province, 350 thousand tons in Lebap province, 300 thousand tons in Dashoguz province and 120 thousand tons in Balkan province.

The sowing campaign involved 650 “John Deere”, “Case” and “Belarus-1221” tractors, more than 380 corn planters, and about two thousand “MTZ-80X” tractors and 120 “MTZ-82.1” tractors.

Fields were sown with high yielding varieties of wheat such as “Sahrai”, “Dzhuvan”, “Batyko”, “Yubileynaya 100”, “Yoloten-1”, “Turkmenbashi-1” and “Bitarap” that proved best in the soil and climatic conditions of Turkmenistan’s regions.

As of now, shoots have already appeared in most of the fields, and farmers are now working to ensure effective care of the brairds, the TDH said.