The plant was established within the framework of the project " INITIATIVE: INovative Income Tools and Integrated Approaches to Improve Villagers’ Employment with financial support of the European Union. This project is implemented by the Austrian organization Eco-Himal in partnership with the local associations Agents of Changes and Centre for strategizing of budget process.
Over 60 guests participated in the opening ceremony, where the two main lines of the plant (processing secondary raw materials, production of granules and plastic pipe production) were presented.
According to project experts, the opening of the plant will contribute to the economic and environmental development of the region, namely:
• 12 men and women belonging to vulnerable groups were given permanent work at the plant;
• Reduced prices for drip irrigation supplies (forecasted cost is 40 percent lower than in the markets of Bishkek and 70 percent cheaper than in the markets of Ala-Buka region) for local farmers;
• Pipes for drip irrigation will be mainly produced from plastic waste. Local residents will benefit from collection of plastic waste and products and deliver them to the plant, resulting in reduced pollution of the environment.
The equipment of the plant has been produced in the Kyrgyz Republic. The plant will provide plastic pipes not only for Ala-Buka region but also for neighboring Chatkal and Aksy districts.
Event was attended by district governor, heads of aiyl aimaks (village districts), members of local councils, representatives of business community and elders.