Constraints and Concerns for Farming and Cropping Types and Strategies in Southern Tajikistan
The well documented authoritarian nature of the Tajik state (International Crisis Group, 2005; SOAS, 2010) is one among many factors that force farmers to grow mainly cotton and reduce other types of farming and cropping to their subsistence needs. This chapter aims to discuss these constraints and farmers’ own concerns in the context of Sayyod village – a cotton-growing community of Shahritus district in southern Tajikistan. One farmer expressed his personal experience:
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