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Cotton & yarn exports should be banned - Bilwani
12
May '10
Convener of Value-Added Textile Forum, Jawaid Bilwani, has suggested the government to impose an urgent ban on cotton and yarn exports, as according to him, it is ruining the value-added textile sector of the country.

As per Bilwani, the value-added textile sector generates 42 percent employment in Pakistan with women accounting for 15 percent of the same. He also said that, as per Pakistan Economic Survey, the spinning section provides 280,000 jobs whereas the value-added textile section provides 10 million jobs in the country.

More over, while India possesses 30 percent cotton in surplus, Pakistan is facing a 25 percent shortfall of cotton. Also, 70 percent of the textile firms in Pakistan are value-added textile firms.

Regretting the fact that, Pakistan is the fourth largest cotton manufacturing country, Bilwani confirmed that, strikes in all value-added textile units of Faisalabad, Multan and Karachi had started due to yarn exports and they will continue until the demands of the sector were met with, by the government.

If the strikes and exports of yarn and cotton continue, then the value-added textile units will reach a closing point, thereby, incurring losses of Rs 22 million per day. Bilwani has therefore urged the textile minister, to impose a ban on yarn exports or else the country will continue to face increasing downsizing, unemployment and inflation.

Due to power cuts, 400 value-added textile firms have been relocated to other countries such as Bangladesh and for other 200 firms, shutters have been pulled down.

Bilwani concluded by saying that, owing to certain policies of the government, Bangladesh was buying raw cotton from Pakistan and was selling the value-added goods to global markets at competitive prices, at a cost to the Pakistani value-added sector.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk - India

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