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Certified Cotton of Orchomenos

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1. THE IDEA

The challenge to change farmers’ mentality towards the cooperative, their organisation in groups and the optimization of the Agricultural activity in the region aiming to qualitative upgrade  and product’s higher selling prices.

2. THE PREPARATION

A cotton producers group was formed. Out of them 32 producers chose to follow the certified cotton initiative. The mention of origin on the product prevents speculation. The fact that the product is certified, especially if it concerns  cotton output, makes it eligible to compete in the international  market not as bulk sale product.

3. THE PILOT PROJECT

In the first  pilot project of cotton best eu programme based on the choice of the specific ST 318 seed of Pioneer  Hi-Bred Hellas that matches the region’s soil and climate (Copyist meadow) 1.150 acres took part. TÜV-Hellas was responsible for the certification and the  full project.

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4. THE RESULT

The first crop rendered 350 kilos / acre, about 400 tons of excellent quality and whiteness cotton which had, above all,  the same characteristics in each bundle.

*  See the table with detailed technical features.

5. THE REWARD

The reward was the achievement of a better ginning value by six € cents per kilogram in relation  to the average price, ie the final ginning value reached 60 cents per kilo, which was the highest price in Greece in 2016.

6. FOLLOW-UP

The project will go on in the forecoming crop year  involving more acres. So far, members’ enthusiasm along with further encouraging  hints, indicate that over 50 members with more than 2,000 declared acres will participate.

Gin Turnout (%)

MICRONAIRE

Length (mm)

Uniformity (%)

Strength (g/tex)

Rd

Yellowness (+b)
38.0

4.0

29.0

84.0

32.7

77.1

8.2