High-yield seeds bring hope on poverty and environment issues in Tajikistan

The cotton industry has a colossal impact on the environment of Tajikistan.

In 2010, one hectare of cotton output (2.8 metric tons) required 3, 000 m3 of water, 1.75 kilograms of agrochemicals and 500 kilograms of fertilizers.

 

To tackle this issue, UNDP is supporting a project to breed high quality cotton seeds. High-yield seeds can lessen environmental impact in multiple ways: They vegetate for less time and use less water, while increasing the cotton yield to more than three metric tons per hectare.

 

See how seeds sprout a healthier economy and environment in Tajikistan.

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Taken on April 2, 2013