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24 february 2009 COTTON-NEWS [KAZAKHSTAN]
Ministry of Agriculture to reduce areas of crops of cotton

Astana. February 11. Kazakhstan Today - Vice Minister of Agriculture, Armand Evniev, informed at the press conference in the Agriculture Ministry the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan plans to reduce the areas of crops of cotton, the agency reports.

According to A. Evniev, this year the area of crops of cotton will be significantly reduced. "The area of crops of cotton will make 84 % as compared to last years. Optimization of the area of cotton is taking place in connection with the fact that the analysis of the world markets demonstrates reduction of demand for production of cotton-fiber," he explained.

"It was suggested to optimize crops so that our domestic agricultural producers do not have difficulties with realization of cotton," Vice Minister said.

SOURCE: :18:47 11.02.2009/ News Agency <> (http://www.kt.kz)

24 february 2009 COTTON-NEWS [UZBEKISTAN]
Quality seeds from “Elita”

The limited liability company “Elita” in Djizak region is currently in intensive preparation for the supply of landowners with quality seed material.

- We signed agreements on the supply of farmers with seed material in the amount of 5,5 thousand tons, - said company manager Yusuf Kuchkarov. - To date, we have prepared about four thousand tons of quality cotton seeds.

The material is sorted and processed with a special solution and with the help of modern technical means. The laboratory “Davrurugnazorat” controls the quality of our products, after which it is stored in special warehouses in anticipation of planting.

SOURCE: “Narodnoe Slovo” ¹ 37 from 19th of February 2009.

24 february 2009 COTTON-NEWS [UZBEKISTAN]
Seeds for farmers

The joint-stock company “Honka pahta tozalash” in Khorezm region produced more than one thousand tons of seeds of quality cotton varieties for farmers.
The seed material is produced and processed with protective medicine by a Spanish technology, which was acquired two years ago. The medicine allows separating seeds from fibers completely, and prevents mechanical damage of seeds, thus, providing their high quality.

SOURCE: “Narodnoe Slovo” ¹ 37 from 19th of February 2009

14 february 2009 TEXTILE - NEWS [UZBEKISTAN]
Continuing dynamic development

Light industry plays one of important roles in the large-scale changes taking place in our country under the leadership of President Islam Karimov. On the one hand, this is the almost 20 per cent share in the total industrial production, and hundreds of businesses, strong currency earnings from exports.

On the other hand, light industry produces more than half of all consumer goods in Uzbekistan filling the domestic market with necessary products to the population, etc. And one of the most important components of the industry is textiles; the government pays special attention to its development during the years of independence.

For example, the favorable investment climate created in Uzbekistan, quality cotton fiber by the domestic production, abundance and relative cheapness of energy resources, availability of skilled personnel, and a number of other important factors as well as the system of privileges and preferences to foreign investors, made textiles one of the most attractive industries for foreign businessmen wishing to invest in the economy of our country.

More than 1,5 billion dollars of foreign investments involved in the industry in recent years, already have an effect. More than 100 joint ventures and foreign enterprises are created in cooperation with partners from the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Turkey, Korea, Singapore, and India; presently they produce 95 percent of domestic textile products. And this is a wide range of quality products what defines the great demand not only in the country but also abroad. It is sufficient to say that 80 per cent of products by the general joint-stock company “Uzbekengilsanoat” are exported to Europe, Asia and America. And if, for example, in 1994 exports of textile products were only 7.7 million dollars, last year they rose to 405 million dollars.

One of recent achievements of the company is that the proportion of domestic processing of cotton fiber was brought to 30 percent. In order to replace imports, they implemented more than 50 projects, specialized in production of clothing. Incidentally, the latter is of particular importance, including the purely economic perspective.

But let's get back to some results of the general joint-stock “Uzbekengilsanoat” last year. Thus, by creating new productions, modernization of textile enterprises with new equipment and technologies, they have achieved the production growth rate of 120 percent. They turned out commercial products at comparable prices of almost 730 billion sums, including consumer goods of more than 143.5 billion sums. In 2008 they produced more cotton yarn, finished fabrics and knitted goods than planned, and the production of hosiery has increased by 2, 5 times over the last year.

According to “Uzbekengilsanoat”, last year they drew the capital investments of about 134.5 billion sums including foreign investments of 102.6 million dollars. They created more than twenty new, modernized and technically re-equipped companies, where created about eight thousand new jobs with the help of these funds. And the number of home workers involved by enterprises of the company over the past year, exceeded 1,5 thousand people.

Judging by the results in 2008, the main techno-economic performance of enterprises under “Uzbekengilsanoat”, and not just textiles, is implemented and exceeded. But this is, as they say, no reason for calm. Moreover, the leadership of the country set specific goals for textile workers. In particular, it is necessary to bring the volume of processed cotton fiber in the country to 50 percent. In spinning industries they are to increase the yield from 80 to 90-95 percent, and increase the production of yarn of high numbers. In weaving productions it is necessary to master the manufacture of mixed fabrics, especially shirt fabrics, and in knitting and garment productions - to create a family of finished products and master the manufacture of hardware. Presently the staff of enterprises under the general joint-stock company “Uzbekengilsanoat” works on solutions of these tasks.

SOURCE: “Narodnoe Slovo” ¹ 31 from 12th of February 2009.

14 february 2009 TEXTILE - NEWS [UZBEKISTAN]
Capacity grows, export expands

Every year our country strengthens its position in the international market and moves intensively from the export of raw materials to export of products with high added value. The team of the Uzbek-Turkish JV “Cottontex” in Khorezm region also makes its contribution to this important matter.

Last year the joint venture equipped with the latest equipment by the Swiss company “Rieter” and German company “Trutzschler”, produced over one thousand tons of high quality cotton yarn, most of which was exported to the near and far countries. In particular, they sold the products worth over $US 1.3 million in Turkey, Russia, and others.

The important success factor for the joint venture is the comprehensive state support in developing and strengthening the material-technical base of textile enterprises.

- In the near future we plan to involve the investments at the rate of over one million dollars and thus, increase the production by 2.4 thousand per year, - said the director of the JV Ruzimboy Abdullaev. - This will let bring the volume of yarn exports to six million dollars and create 50 new jobs.
The production expansion at the expense of its own funds and involvement of new investments will contribute to raising living standards and, of course, strengthen the image of the enterprise. However, such well-known companies as the firm “Inter Oliva”, LLC “Borteks”, “Russpetskomplekt”, “Interteks” and many others have already made sure of the trustworthiness of the Khorezm partners and prefer to buy the products with the brand name of “Cottontex”.

SOURCE: “Narodnoe Slovo” ¹ 29 from 10th of February 2009.

14 february 2009 TEXTILE - NEWS [UZBEKISTAN]
Industry in rural areas develops

The limited liability company “Navbahor textile” started to work in the village Shurtepa in Navbahor district.

The enterprise for the production of yarn created in collaboration with Turkish businessmen, is capable of processing 6300 tons of cotton fiber each year. The opening of the joint venture let provide 80 young villagers with new jobs.

According to experts, there will be about eighty more jobs with the launch of the enterprise at full capacity, reported UzA.

SOURCE: “Narodnoe Slovo” ¹ 28 from 7th of February 2009.

02 february 2009 SILK-NEWS [UZBEKISTAN]
Silk Yarn from Kiziltepa

The joint venture “Malabar Silk” in Kiziltepa district is one of the most successful productions in Navoi region.
Thanks to its entry into service, the district received the opportunity to sell silk yarn overseas, whereas, Kiziltepa locals grew only silkworm cocoons and took them to plants in other districts earlier.
In 2008 the company produced 11,3 tons of silk yarn, - told us the executive director of the JV Nemat Tillaev. - We became the second in export sales in the region, the second after the joint-stock company “Kiziltepa Pahtatozalash Zavodi”.
The JV provided a hundred local residents with new jobs, the majority of whom are women and girls. In addition to high salaries, they also receive working clothes, hot meals and, if necessary, material assistance.

SOURCE: “NARODNOYE SLOVO” (National Word) ¹ 21 from 28th of January 2009.

01 february 2009 TEXTILE - NEWS [UZBEKISTAN]
Company Upgraded

The involvement of foreign investments to modernize the production continues in Surkhandarya region.
In Denau district the company “Smart-DTK” successfully mastered the new South Korean and Turkish technologies for the production of clothing for children and adults. The new line worth $US 130 thousands helped to improve the production, create new jobs for residents of nearby settlements as well as increase staff salaries.
In the two months since the start, the new lines turned out products worth over 35 million sums. High quality and wide range makes it popular in the local market.
Last year over 67 investment projects were carried out in total for the area, 14 of which were implemented with the participation of the foreign capital. The total amount of foreign investments involved in these projects is more than $US 84, 6 millions.
The introduction of the new production line based on advanced foreign technologies, allowed not only to increase the volume and improve the quality of manufactured products in the region but also create about 2, 6 thousand new jobs.

SOURCE: “NARODNOYE SLOVO” (National Word) ¹ 22 from 29th of January 2009.

01 february 2009 TEXTILE - NEWS [UZBEKISTAN]
New Productions and Jobs

One of the priorities in the economic development defined by the Government of the country is the involvement of foreign investments, their effective management and foundation of new modern productions of export-oriented products as well as new jobs.
In the huge departments of “Spentex Tashkent Toytepa” Ltd located in the capital the equipment works almost round the clock turning cotton fiber into high-quality yarn and canvas.
The company created through foreign direct investments made by Spentex Industries Ltd, part of the number of the fastest growing companies of India, organized two textile productions at modern technical and technological levels in Tashkent and Toytepa, and it is considered one of the largest of its kind in the region.
- Despite the global crisis, the consequences of which, of course, affect the operation of any large scale production to some extent, we continue to work in the former regime, - said the commercial director of “Spentex Tashkent Toytepa” R.D. Gupta. - Last year we produced and sold the products at $US 65 millions, up to 90 per cent of which is aimed at exports to Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Ukraine, Belarus, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Portugal, and several other countries.
The popularity of our products can be explained by the fact that its range is very wide, and we, for example, can produce any number of yarns according to customer's requirements. The modern equipment of leading world producers and, of course, hard work, diligence, and suitably qualified local staff allows us to do that.
Mr. Gupta also told us that presently when many countries wind up productions, Indian investors did not refuse their plans to expand the business in Uzbekistan and continue to work on the creation of a dyeing factory in Margilan, in Ferghana region. Now they deliver the equipment from the UK, Germany and Japan to there. With the start of the new enterprise we will be able to dye 30 - 35 thousand meters of fabric a day.
It is also important that about 500 people in the production will get stable and well-paid jobs and become a part of the large team of “Spentex Tashkent Toytepa” which employs about five thousand people now. Most of them are young people.

SOURCE: “NARODNOYE SLOVO” (National Word) ¹ 22 from 29th of January 2009.

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