Of 1.5 million of Khorezmian population, over 70% reside in rural areas engaged in cotton, wheat, and rice production as personal farmers or peasants . Cotton occupies 50% of irrigated cropland and consumes about forty% of the entire water supply of the area .
The personal farms have been made distinct from peasant farms in that that they had a legal standing, had a leasehold of as much as 50 years, had a minimal of 10 hectares for cotton and wheat, and their land use was restricted to particular agricultural activities as specified in the lease contracts . The peasant farms had . . .
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