Uzbek President visits a textile enterprise of a large cluster
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev got acquainted with the activities of the “Bukhara Cotton Textile” enterprise.
BCT Cluster in Bukhara region is one of the first in the country. It was organized in accordance with the decree of the head of state from 19 May 2017.
Today this cluster has mastered all technological processes from cotton harvesting to its deep processing. In particular, the cultivation of cotton on 8 thousand hectares of land in Romitan district has been established, then fiber is spun at the enterprises of the cluster, yarn is dyed, fabrics and ready-made clothes are produced.
Bukhara Cotton Textile is the last link in this chain. More than US$65 million has been invested in its creation.
Another important aspect is that this enterprise is organized on the basis of an abandoned textile factory. One old building has been completely reconstructed and 19 new blocks and structures have been erected. Installed advanced technological lines, equipment and machine tools from Germany, USA, Belgium and France.
The President got acquainted with the technological process at the enterprise, product quality.
- In terms of jeans, you can compete with the leading countries in this area. Because we have our own land, water, and cotton. We have a lot of young people ready to work. There is an opportunity to reduce the cost. If the quality is at the international level, the products will definitely find their place in the world, - said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
The textile enterprise employs 1.5 thousand people, and in general the cluster provided 6 thousand people with jobs.
Bukhara Cotton Textile will initially produce 8,450 tons of yarn. At the next stage, the production of 15 million running meters of denim will be established. At the third and fourth stages, it will be used to produce finished products with added value.
The company has its own brand “B Jeans”. It produces an average of 12.5 million pairs of classic denim and stretch denim pants annually. The number of customers for these products is growing. In 2020, the stores of the enterprise were opened in Bukhara, Tashkent, Samarkand and Namangan. In the future, it is planned to open 50 such points throughout the country.
The economic effect can be expressed by the fact that if on the world market cotton fiber costs US$1.5 per kilogram, then the finished product from it will cost at least US$25.
The main goal is to gain a foothold in foreign markets. In 2020, products worth US$8.2 million were exported. But these are the first steps. With the support of the embassies of our country, it is planned to open retail outlets in foreign countries. According to preliminary estimates, this will make it possible to receive on average USD 50-60 million in foreign exchange earnings per year.
Denim fabrics produced by Bukhara Cotton Textile have an advantage in the domestic and foreign markets due to their natural color. For the production of paint, the seeds of the indigo plant, which is grown on 80 hectares, were brought from abroad.
The head of state noted the need to expand the assortment, produce clothes in cooperation with world famous brands.
There was also a presentation of investment projects that will be implemented in the Bukhara region in 2021-2022, as well as plans to ensure youth employment.
- If you work among the people, listen to the problems of every young person, then control their solution and, finally, remove barriers - the situation will change dramatically. This should become the main task of the Agency for Youth Affairs, the President stressed.
Measures of vocational guidance of young people, entrepreneurship training, assistance to their business and handicraft activities, and increased employment were discussed.