(yarnsandfibers) -- "Kyrgyzstan
exports 95 percent of cotton," the head of Light Industry Department under
the Ministry of Energy and Industry, Ms. Fatima Sadamkulova, said at the panel
discussion on development of textile and garment industry.
According her, the republic gathers annually 101.3 thousand tons of raw
cotton and 11.1 thousand tons of wool in grease. “Textile industry is not
developed in the country. We cannot process own raw materials because of
shortage of premises, specialists and finances. In 2011, only 22.5 thousand tons
were processed out of gathered cotton. The main problem is absence of productive
capacities,” Fatima Sadamkulova explained.
She noted that the Ministry of Agriculture intends to increase area under
cotton crops up to 40, 000 hectares. "This year entrepreneurs intend to produce
120 thousand tons of raw cotton and 16.6 thousand tons of wool. Therefore it is
needed to establish industrial areas in Osh province to attract investors to
pour money into fiber processing and restoration of silk industry," Fatima