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Erode handloom weavers in troubled waters

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May '10
Handloom weavers from Erode, a key centre for textile goods, voicing their distress over incessant cuts in electricity supply and the exorbitant yarn prices, have announced that, the production units in the region will be forced to face a permanent closure if their situation did not improve.

Apart from the three-hour power cut, the manufacturing units are also facing surprise load shedding for longer durations, which has forced the textile units to consume power from generators, thereby raising their production cost, informed experts.

More so, also citing that, the handloom weavers had come to a decision to discontinue manufacturing of goods owing to increase in yarn prices, government was also urged to provide kerosene or diesel at low rates.

In addition, prices of yarn had increased over Rs 50 per bundle of five kilograms as in contrast to March. Currently, the cost of 20 count yarn has risen to Rs 460, whereas costs of 30, 40 and 34 count varieties of yarn has increased by Rs 100 per bundle of five kilograms.

Owing to rising prices of textile goods, Erode's weekly market, a major wholesale centre in the country, has also experienced a fall in the recent weeks. As compared to regular sales of Rs 30 million, traders in the market could only sell textile goods worth Rs 1.5 million.

Since the past two months, handloom weavers in the region have been staging incessant protests against the increase in yarn prices.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk - India


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