Turkmen leader dedicates poem to ‘wonderful’ wheat

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (AFP) – Turkmenistan’s eccentric and authoritarian leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has penned a poem celebrating wheat and the farmers that grow it, state media in the Central Asian country reported on Tuesday. Berdymukhamedov is portrayed by local media as a prolific author, poet and composer, while reverence for wheat is a tradition deeply rooted in the Soviet Union that oil-rich Turkmenistan separated from in 1991. The poem published in the state newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan hailed wheat as a “wonderful cereal, miracle seed”. More details in Friday’s Borneo Bulletin