Uzbekistan's state-sponsored cotton system to be abolished


Uzbekistan’s state quota system for cotton crops is being, ending a decades-old arrangement that encouraged forced labour in the industry.

The decree signed by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev means the government will cancel the strictly enforced quotas for the production and sale of cotton from 2020, leaving farmers who rent land from the state free to cultivate alternative and more lucrative crops.

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