Famous Uzbek FC “Andijan” has sent their players to pick cotton, reported BBC citing a website Tribuna.uz.
Messages about the help players in the harvest and pictures where they work in the field, appeared on the official website of the club and in social networks. In the notes they say that the coaches and players in between matches and prepare for them together picking cotton.
The participation of the players, “Andijan” in the cotton harvest became an occasion for scathing comments in social networks. Some bloggers noted that from a national team of more use on cotton plantations than on the football field.
Meanwhile it not the first case of attracting players to labor in agricultural sector. Last year, the media reported that the cotton harvest in Chinaz district, Tashkent region engaged players and coaching staff of the capital club “Bunyodkor”.
“We need to think not about what your country gave, and that you gave her. We took advantage of the break in the championship of the country and decided to support the workers of the fields”, – quoted by the publication Kun.uz the words of club goalkeeper Akbar Turaev. Then, in the work took part and the Japanese legionary Sato Minor, which, as reported the edition Podrobno.uz, admitted that he remembered his childhood days when he and his family harvested.
The theme of the involvement of students, teachers, doctors and other public employees to harvest cotton in Uzbekistan has been raised repeatedly in the press, including in the West.
A few years ago, a leading British supermarket chain Tesco even refused to use Uzbek cotton in the production of its textiles for the reason that the cotton plantations in Uzbekistan child labour is used. Human rights activists said that the Uzbek cotton is given too high a price.
Under pressure from the boycott, organized by the Cotton Campaign and Responsible Sourcing Network – organizations, collaborating with major Western clothing manufacturers, Uzbekistan is now practically stopped the use of the students ‘ work in the fields. Instead, the authorities mobilized civil servants. As wrote the Western press, the police, controls the harvest, threatening prosecution employees who can’t get their workers to fulfill their quota.
Recently radio “Ozodlik” (the Uzbek edition of radio “Liberty”) reported that in Fergana region before the visit of the acting President Shaukat mirzijaeva employees of all government and non-government organizations were sent to pick cotton. And in Rishtan area of the cotton headquarters as a reward for the work were distributed among the harvesters of industrial products and various foods.