Every year, tens of thousands of migrant workers flock to Xinjiang to harvest cotton, their voyage comparable to the Spring Festival travel peak. Every fall, the sparsely populated Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region employs waves of laborers from Central and Western provinces to harvest the farm produce on the vast land. Farmers from provinces including Henan, Shaanxi, Gansu, Sichuan and Shandong make up the majority of this army of cotton pickers…Full-text article: The Global Times Nov 2013

Key point

  • The Xinjiang Region intends to mechanize 80% of its cotton harvesting by 2015

ChinaAg Comment

  • China has three major cotton growing regions, the Xinjiang Autonomous Region (in the northwest), the Yangtse River Basin Region (which includes principally Jiangsu and Hubei), and the Yellow River Basin Region (principally, Hebei, Henan, and Shandong provinces). In 2011, Xinjiang produced 2.9 million MTs of cotton or roughly 44% of China’s total output.

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