No gas for export oriented textile industry

Staff Reporter

Mr. Feroze Alam Lari, Chairman, Towel Manufacturers’ Association of Pakistan has said that despite availability of huge value added Textile export orders available to the exporters of this country, still different issues from time to time pinch the balloon of growing exports of Textile sector. Export Sector already is facing the scarcity of cotton yarn in the domestic market due to reduction in production of cotton bales and export of cotton yarn which is basic raw material of Textile. Now the last nail in the coffin of the textile exporters is non–availability of gas in coming days for the industry. Gas is the basic fuel for manufacturing & processing of the Textile goods.

Despite Covid-19 across the world, Textile exporters of this country engaged the international buyers and fetched valuable export orders from the buyers due to Government export friendly initiatives & policies.
The Export Oriented Industry now-a-day between wind and water and expressed severe concern over the decision taken by the government to cut gas supply to general industrial units from February 2021 and cut the supply of gas for the export oriented industry from the march 2021.
If we put birds eye view of the past, due to shortage of electricity in the country, the export sector invested huge amounts in captive power to generate electricity for their own unit on the instruction of the Government. Non- availability of gas as well as scarcity of electricity in the country will be major obstacle for the exporters.

Being an Association of Export Oriented Sector, we strongly believe that cutting the supply of gas to the domestic industry, will put a dent in the export supply chain.

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