Turkmenistan: Wheat Harvest and Cotton-Picking Going Poorly
It is something of a myth that state media in closed countries with ever-active domestic propaganda machines, such as Turkmenistan, project only optimism and radiance.
The president of Turkmenistan is rarely even remotely happy with his government’s work, and it is the state of agriculture that has raised his hackles this time around.
Speaking at his weekly Monday videoconference with regional leaders, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on October 12 tore strips off various provincial chiefs.
First up with a report on winter wheat sowing and cotton harvesting was Akhal provincial governor Annageldi Yazmyradov, who was one of the puppet presidential candidates in the 2012 election. The Akhal province is where the bulk of the current elite are drawn from and the region inside which the capital, Ashgabat, is located.
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