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Cotton cleaning costs lower competitiveness of textile sector

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Feb '07
Making contamination free cotton has turned out to be a costly preposition what with spinners incurring unnecessary expenditure of Rs 153 billion per year and further affecting competitiveness of the local textile sector.

During yarn production, spinning of materials other than cotton affects the dyeing qualities of yarn displays defects on the fabric. As per the percentage of contamination in the fabric, importers decrease rates incurring additional loss to mills added to the cost of cleaning cotton.

Spinning mills have installed laser cameras which remove colour materials prior to spinning of cotton. Women workers separate pollutants such as plastic bags, wrappers, wastage of jute, polypropylene threads, human and animal hair to minimize contamination.

Textile sector foots about Rs18 billion worth bills as labour costs for cleaning of cotton against the 12 million cotton bales it consumes each year.

Efforts by the Government to facilitate contamination-free cotton picking and ginning were unsuccessful, so far and waste materials cannot be efficiently be segregated from cotton by machine or by hand.


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