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Excerpt from article entitled: "The Ministry of Agriculture is the most corrupt body", published by the Tajik newspaper Millat on 10 December:
Tajikistan harvested three times less cotton this year compared to 1991. Officials from the Tajik Ministry of Agriculture told a news conference in Dushanbe on 7 December that this happened because of unfavourable weather conditions, low quality cotton seeds and a shortage of investments in the sector.
[Passage omitted: only 296,000 tonnes of cotton was harvested this year, which is 54,000 tonnes less than the government target; officials saying cotton production should be raised]
On the other hand, experts believe …