Azerbaijani Politics 6 november — 15:35

'Do you earn hundred manats in one family?' (President's dialogue with cotton-growers)


Yesterday, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva, while traveling in the Agdam district, familiarised themselves with the Esmin Huseynova's cotton plot in the Hindarkh village of the Agjabedi district.

State News Agency has published an interesting dialogue that took place between cotton-growers and the head of state. Azeri Daily publishes this conversation without cuts.

President Ilham Aliyev: Hello, good afternoon.

Cotton-growers: Welcome.

President Ilham Aliyev: You have grown good cotton. Productivity should be high. Look what a big cotton box. In 2016, the price of a kilogram of cotton was 41 gyapik, we raised it to 50 gyapik. And this year - up to 65 gyapik. We do this so that you earn more.

Cotton-growers: Thank you very much. May Allah bless you.

President Ilham Aliyev: Now cotton growing is rapidly developing. This year, 200 thousand tonnes of cotton have been harvested as of today. Last year, at this time, this figure was 160 thousand tonnes, and this year - 200 thousand tonnes. If the harvesting campaign continues at this pace, approximately 260 thousand tonnes of cotton will be harvested. 190 thousand people work in cotton production, they earn money, improve their family budget, and also benefit the state.

Cotton-growers: Of course, may Allah help you. Thanks to you, we come to the family with our heads held high.

President Ilham Aliyev: How much cotton are you currently picking up per person?

Cotton-growers: 110-120 kilograms per person per day.

President Ilham Aliyev: 120 kilograms per day?

Cotton-growers: Yes, Mr President, per day.

President Ilham Aliyev: If you collect 120 kilograms, then what kind of income is obtained?

Head of the Executive Authority of Agjabedi District Shahin Mammadov: More than twenty manats - 24 manats. If five people come to the field from one family, each of whom collects 100 kilograms, in the evening they bring home 100 manats.

President Ilham Aliyev: 100 manats daily in one family?

Cotton-growers: Yes, every day.

President Ilham Aliyev: Good.

Shahin Mammadov: Last year we collected 15,783 tonnes of cotton by this time. And today, this figure reached 20 thousand tonnes. Compared with the corresponding period last year, we produced almost 5 thousand tonnes more.

President Ilham Aliyev: You have 10 thousand hectares of acreage. If you have handed over 20 thousand tonnes, it means that they have already provided 20 centners.

Shahin Mammadov: We provided 20.8 centners.

President Ilham Aliyev: But the gathering will continue.

Shahin Mammadov: Yes, today we have produced more cotton than in the entire season last year. Last year we collected 20 thousand 497 tonnes of cotton for the season.

President Ilham Aliyev: And what is the overall expected yield per hectare in the region?

Shahin Mammadov: 27-28 centners per hectare. Last year it was 21.5 centners.

President Ilham Aliyev: 27-28 centners, fine, very good. I see there are machines too. We purchased hundreds of pieces of equipment. Here, it can be said, there is work throughout the year.

Shahin Mammadov: Yes, during the year - plowing, irrigation, harrowing, then sowing seeds.

President Ilham Aliyev: Yes, and employment, and good earnings.

Cotton-growers: Yes, Mr President, we make good money.

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