Necessity of improvement for commodity preparation for Mongolian cashmere highlighted www.montsame.mn
While the diameter of Mongolian cashmere fibre was measured to be 15.3 microns in the 1950s, it has increased to 16.6-16.8 microns in recent years. This is a result of how the preparation quality has begun to sink, highlighted the participants during a discussion that took place at the Mongolian Wool and Cashmere Association.
During the discussion, a study on the current state of the incentive system for cashmere commodities and possible options was introduced. The study has found that the issue concerning quality guarantee is being left behind due to how entities that are not involved in production began to serve as middlemen, prioritizing fees and registration above quality.
Furthermore, the policy and decisions made on improving herders’ livelihood by increasing the amount of cashmere fiber obtained from a goat has had an effect on bringing down the quality of Mongolian cashmere, highlighted Deputy Head of the Mongolian Wool and Cashmere Association G.Yondonsambuu.
Senior Specialist in charge of wool and cashmere production at the Light Industry Policy Implementation and Coordination Department at the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Light Industry B.Erkhembayar said, “Despite supplying about 45 percent of cashmere commodities on the global market, Mongolia produces only 0.2 percent of ready-to-wear products. Thus, it is important that we pay special attention to the processing quality of cashmere before increasing the production of value-added products. In order to prove that Mongolian cashmere is going through a sustainable production process that meets quality standards, there is a lot that needs to be done.”
Representatives of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Light Industry, wool and cashmere processing factories, the UNDP Sustainable Cashmere Platform, the project team for Ensuring Sustainability and Resilience (ENSURE) of Green Landscapes in Mongolia, and the Green Climate Fund participated in the discussion.