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.