Mamurjon Azimov and their family been employed by as cotton farmers for years in Uzbekistan’s Jizzakh region. But year that is last Azimov had been kicked from the land he had been renting from the state as a result of his hefty debts
Now unemployed and trying to feed their group of five, Azimov blames a very nearly feudal agricultural system in Uzbekistan that enriches just a a small number of the governmental elite that have ties to President Islam Karimov. This is a operational system that effectively turns farmers into bonded slaves who’re trapped into working for small pay so that you can repay their debts.
” The buying price of cotton is defined at the beginning of every year [by the state]. The wages taken care of selecting cotton are set [by the continuing state] prior to the harvest starts. That’s it,” Azimov states. ” What happens in the market that is internationaln’t make a difference to farmers. Nobody shall spend [the farmers] extra if the price of cotton goes up. If the worldwide selling price rises, [it may be the officials whom] experience all of the benefits.”
Other cotton farmers in Uzbekistan interviewed by RFE/RL concur that they’ll not see any benefit from international cotton costs that soared this week to significantly more than $1.20 per lb — the level that is highest ever regarding the global market.
Under Uzbekistan’s compulsory system of state procurement, farmers are legitimately required to deliver the crop they harvest to a neighborh d cotton gin — certainly one of a lot more than 120 district collection points where cotton materials are mechanically divided from the seeds and made ready for export.
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Legally, Uzbekistan’s farmers must then offer their cotton to the state-controlled business that operates all of Uzbekistan’s cotton gins — Uzkhlopkoprom — at a high price set by the government.
Formally, the purchase price provided is mostly about one-third associated with market price that is international. (more…)