PCMEA seeks Government’s support to revitalize carpet industry

Pakistan Carpet Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PCMEA), expressing serious concerns over the deteriorating situation of the handmade carpet industry, demanded the government to patronize this industry to reduce poverty in the country. These views were expressed by Senior Vice Chairman PCMEA Sheikh Aamer Khalid while addressing a meeting of the North Circle Committee.

Addressing to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, the PCMEA also demanded them to give a package of special incentives on the patron of bailout package to carpet industry which would not only help the government for restoring industries in the country.

Sheikh Aamer Khalid said the carpet industry is besetting with multiple crises due to these bleak circumstances and the situation is turning into worse as there is not a new investment in the carpet industry. He said Pakistan Carpet Association and Carpet Training Institute both are taking every possible step for restoration of this industry, but the situation has reached this point where the government’s support has become inevitable.

The government permits cotton imports from Afghanistan and Central Asian countries.

Cabinet’s Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) allowed the import of cotton from Afghanistan and Central Asian countries through the land route to meet its shortfall in the key textile industry. Cabinet’s Economic Coordination Committee allowed the import of cotton from Afghanistan and Central Asian countries.

The ECC took the decision in line with a proposal submitted by the Ministry of Commerce and Textile during a meeting presided over by the Finance Minister Asad Umar. ECC also directed the relevant ministries to engage with the industry for the establishment of a permanent quarantine facility for cotton import through the land route.

Pakistan is a net cotton importer with the textile industry consuming 12 to 15 million bales per year. The country imports cotton from various sources. Afghanistan and Central Asian states are producers and exporters of cotton and they have a reasonable share in Pakistan’s import mix as imports from these countries are cheap due to land route compared to the United States and other destinations. Pakistani cotton is of short to medium staple length and therefore extra-long-staple cotton has to be imported for production of finer yarn counts.

The Commerce Ministry said cotton is a sensitive crop and attracts a variety of pests. For the majority of cotton, Afghanistan is only a transit route and for that purpose pest scouting of central Asian states would also be required otherwise it would be the great threat of new pests harming domestic cotton.


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