Turkmenistan will decrease the export of raw cotton and increase the production of finished products from it

Turkmenistan will decrease the export of raw cotton and increase the production of finished products from it

Sapar Muradov

The Ministry of Construction and Architecture of Turkmenistan announced a tender for the implementation of two large projects aimed at increasing production capacity for processing raw cotton. This is a cotton gin plant with an annual capacity of 30 thousand tons, and a cotton seed processing plant with a capacity of 300 tons per day. Relevant international design and construction tenders have been published in local media.

Information about the projects appeared soon after the president of Turkmenistan announced his intention to increase the plan for cotton production in 2020 to 1,250,000 tons. Earlier it was reported that the country will completely refuse to export raw cotton in favor of the supply of finished products from it.

Both new enterprises are planned to be built in the Geoktepe region of the Ahal region of the country. A cotton gin plant will also include a workshop for the production of nonwovens with a capacity of 4 million meters. The cotton seed processing plant will produce high quality cotton seed oil.

The textile industry in Turkmenistan is the second in terms of profitability after oil and gas, employing thousands of people. The increase in cotton processing capacity will also lead to an increase in employment in the country and an increase in exports of high value-added products.

ORIETN found out that the Model House of the Ministry of Textile Industry of Turkmenistan is also developing new business proposals for increasing the capacity for processing cotton and producing finished products from it.

Last year, the foundations of industrial complexes were laid in Babadayhan and Kaahka districts of the Ahal region of Turkmenistan, which will process a total of 10 thousand tons of fine-fiber cotton, making cotton yarn, fabric and garments from it.

Last year, the production of cotton yarn in Turkmenistan increased compared to 2017 by 15.9%, cotton fabrics – by 18.8%, and sewing and knitwear – by 38.9%.