Correspondents of “Chronicles of Turkmenistan” report that pursuant to a decision made by the Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Environment Protection the position of an agriculturalist responsible for crops has been abolished in all agricultural associations across the country since November 2019.
Their responsibilities were handed over to a chief agriculturalist or an agriculturalist in charge of cotton growing. There used to be two agriculturalists in each association – one overseeing cotton farming and another responsible for crops.
The agriculturalists from the agricultural associations of Lebap velayat who were made redundant in early November have not been able to get their salaries for the past 5 to 6 months so far. Some of them contacted etrap or velayat khyakimlik’s offices in connection with terminations or delayed salary payments. They were asked to wait. As regards terminations, the workers were informed that despite the fact that the position does exist, it is unprofitable to keep staff as the crop yield and the quality of the crops remain extremely low.
Let us recall that in 2019 Turkmenistan harvested only 50% of the cotton harvest plan whereas in 2018 – only one third of the projected volume.
A week ago President Berdymukhammedov, dissatisfied with the results of agricultural reforms, dismissed 8 khyakims (heads of districts) and 5 deputy khyakims of etraps.
The day before the head of state allocated extended responsibilities for the crops harvest to khyakims of etraps (heads of the districts), who are obliged to visit the fields more often. Khyakims of etraps (provinces) in their turn are obliged to control the performance of etrap khyakims.