Regional Industrial Collaboration in Cotton Fibre Manufacturing Project

With the Regional Industrial Collaboration in Cotton Fibre Manufacturing Project which was developed to secure competitiveness in textile sector and eliminate production challenges in Şanlıurfa and Diyarbakır provinces, a new system is built to improve quality standards of production.

All manufacturers of the region are expected to reach the standards specified in the Communiqué on the transition to the single bale system published by the Ministry of Trade in 2009.

Provided that the cotton ginning and pressing enterprises improve their storages with their own means, they will be able to utilise this system to be established under the Project and benefit from the GAP International Agricultural Research and Training Centre accredited fibre quality analysis centre. Sampling kits will be put in cotton ginning-pressing enterprises to take samples from each bail manufactured, and bails will be separately barcoded. Thus, the transition to the single bail system will have been ensured thanks to the project. 

After the samples taken are analysed in the laboratories and their quality features are identified, product information will be published on the web 
portal. Thread and weaving enterprises will be able to order via this portal from the suppliers that have the cotton fibre of the desired quality. This way, quality and price conflicts among the parties will be eliminated. During the project, a minimum of 50 enterprises is expected to register on the web portal and use this system.

The project is expected to provide services to approximately 300 cotton ginners outside Diyarbakır Şanlıurfa, and contribute to regional development in the long term including Batman and Mardin.

Turkey is one of the most important actors in the cotton industry in the world. 8 countries including Turkey manufacture approximately 80% of cotton globally. According to 2016 data from the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), Turkey ranks the ninth in cotton cultivation industry, the seventh in cotton manufacturing quantity, and the second in the yield of cotton fibre in the world. More than 50% of cotton production in Turkey takes place in the Southeast Anatolian Region. Ginning process where cotton fibres are separated from the cottonseed is mostly conducted by over 250 enterprises in Şanlıurfa and Diyarbakır.