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J&K looses heavily due to poor processing capacity of raw wool
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Feb '09
The northern most state of India; Jammu and Kashmir, is famous the world over for its Pashmina shawls. But the sheep breeding industry, which produces over 6.4 million kg of wool, does not have the processing capacity to process the same, since it does not have the requisite infrastructure in place.

This in effect means that the wool has to be sent to other states for processing as well as producing various products, which in turn finds its way back in to the Kashmiri markets. In the process the state is loosing heavily because the profits derived from value addition are accruing to other states.

The state procures on an average Rs 1,000 million worth of woolen products like blankets, fabrics and shawls etc, every year from its neighbouring states. These very products are made from the wool procured from J&K sheep breeders. If the government were to put the requisite infrastructure in place it would create thousands of jobs in the state, aver experts.

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