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APTMA boss slams lint purchase by TCP
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Jul '16
The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has locked horns with the government over its plan to allow the Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) to purchase lint from ginners.

In a statement, APTMA Chairman Tariq Saud criticised the government's decision and said it was an 'imprudent' approach to support the farmers.

He also criticised the Ministry of Textile Industry for suggesting an indicative price for the cotton on the pattern of wheat and intervene through the TCP by directly buying lint from ginners.

“It appears that the Ministry of Textile Industry is clueless about the dismal state of affairs in the textile industry where the cotton consumption has already been reduced to 13 million bales from 16 million bales, 35 per cent of the capacity has totally collapsed and another 30 per cent is incurring losses due to the high cost of doing business,” he added.

Saud said the cotton industry has become unviable against regional competitors where the respective governments have extended financial support, subsidised exports and offered incentives to undermine Pakistan's exports to the international marketplace.

“The import of cotton on import parity due to the shortage domestically has already added fuel to the fire,” he added.

The APTMA chairman said a more prudent way will be to support the cotton farmers through direct subsidy as was announced by the prime minister last year. Any other measure would tantamount to wastage of public funds especially when the TCP also lacks infrastructural facility to hold the cotton lint, he added.

Saud urged the government to withdraw 4 per cent custom duty on import of cotton as the textile industry is still reeling from the effects of a massive crop failure in the 2015-16 season. He also said the cultivation of cotton for the year 2016-17 is expected to decline by approximately 25 per cent which will ultimately slash the availability of cotton for the domestic industry. (SH)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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