Land under cotton cultivation will increase by 20% to stand at 80,000 hectares in the current Iranian year (started March 21), the deputy agriculture minister said.

“Cotton cultivation can create six times more jobs than wheat, four times more than corn and colza, and 2.5 times more than soybean production. Each job generated in a cotton plantation creates five jobs in related subsectors and services,” Hossein Shirzad was also quoted as saying by IRNA.

He added that the domestic textile industry needs close to 120,000 tons of combed cotton annually.

Source » financialtribune