Xinjiang Plans To Plant 5,333 Hectares Of Cotton In 2022

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Cotton sowing is underway in Toksun County, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and a total of 80,000 mu (about 5,333 hectares) cotton field will be sowed as planned by unmanned seeders.

Unmanned cotton seeders equipped with Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) have been widely used in the county. They can complete filming, laying drip irrigation belt, sowing, and covering at one time, which has greatly improved efficiency while keeping the sowing lines straight.

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“I’ve planted about 300 mu of cotton. I used to rely on smaller machines a few years ago, which was inefficient and laborious,” said Wang Fulin, a cotton farmer in Kumishi Town.

“But now I use large machinery. Unmanned seeding and cotton protection, mechanised cotton picking and other technologies have been adopted. These technologies have greatly improved our sowing efficiency and lowered the cost,” said Wang.

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According to a cadre of the village, a total of 117 households who grow cotton have already begun to sow since early April. Fifteen large cotton seeders keep working every day, which can cover nearly 3,000 mu a day, and the work is expected to finish before April 20. Toksun plans to plant 80,000 mu of cotton this year, among which 64,000 mu are in Kumishi town.

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