The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) recently organized a Technical Tour with representatives from 37 international cotton firms of various countries, to visit cotton fields and companies in the department of Tolima, in Colombia, in order to understand the entire value chain of cotton in the region.
According to a statement issued by Tolima government, the cotton entrepreneurs in the region got a chance to establish contacts with each of the employers and international delegates, who participated in the tour.
The visit was organized by the ICAC and coordinated by the Organization of Pajonales, one of the largest agricultural companies in the region, which owns nearly 5,391 acres of land in Tolima, in order to provide an opportunity to visit the cotton fields, companies, ginneries, and textile production in the region.
During the Technical Tour, the Department of Tolima and ICAC laid emphasis on the possibilities for cooperation agendas with Greece, which is one of the largest cotton-producing countries in the world, as well as with Taiwan visitors who were interested in exchanging technology.
According to Francesco Bajerano, president of Pajonales Organisation, the Tolima department exports most of its cotton to Bolivia, but is expecting to foray into the Portuguese market as many entrepreneurs from Portugal are interested in importing cotton from the region.
There have been talks with Portuguese entrepreneurs who are interested in buying cotton from the region, as well as entrepreneurs from Peru, he added.
According to estimates by the Colombian Confederation of Cotton (CONALGODON) of the 6,971 tons of cotton produced in the country in 2012, Tolima contributed nearly 5,942 tons of cotton.
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