Cotton plantations in Tajikistan, Central Asia, are like foaming seas these days. The harvesting is?
Cotton plantations in Tajikistan, Central Asia, are like foaming seas these days. The harvesting is at its height. This year, the farmers expect to take in 600,000 tons. The most valuable grade of cotton, fine-fibered, grows here, in the Vakhsh River Valley. It is the pride of the Tajiks. Up-to-date machines take in the crop. One machine like this can pick 50 tons a day, replacing 100 hand pickers. There are thousands of these machines in the republic, more of them, and others, too, are out on the fields with every passing years. The modern cotton-picker is a mechanic, a man who knows machinery. Soviet cotton harvesters are know far and wide. The United Arab Republic, Syria, and other cotton-growing countries buy them.