“The project was described to ANSAmed by sources from Filmar, based in Zocco d’Erbusco (Brescia), which is promoting cotton cultivation and industrial transformation methods compatible with human health and rights and environmental protection through the social responsibility initiative ‘Cottonforlife’. “The agreement was signed with Egyptian agriculture ministry’s Cotton Research Institute (CRI) and aims to provide financial support and know-how for organic cotton farming of extra-long strains such as Giza 45 and Giza 87, known as the most valuable cottons in the world. ”It is a joint endeavor based on the principle of solidarity with farmers and workers involved in the entire production line for the cultivation and transformation of cotton,” underscored Filmar chief Marco Marzoli”The initiative also aims to bring lasting improvements to the traditional techniques used in Egypt’s cotton plantations. The project is in partnership with farmers, local communities and local and international experts in order to make organic cotton a sustainable resource for the country. There are several different areas of the project, including training for young Egyptians co-funded by Alexbank, an Egyptian bank of the Intesa Sanpaolo group, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility activities”Filmar, Alexbank and the Egyptian industry ministry on February 16 signed a five-year agreement to provide qualified technical support to the Egyptian education ministry for the modernization of training opportunities in agricultural and industrial schools in the ‘mechanical-textile’ sector. The initiative will make it possible to train young Egyptians on several cotton cultivation and industrial transformation processes in order to make them competitive on the labor marker and especially in the Egyptian textile industry”


Source:Southeast Farm Press