- Pakistan – PTEA demands supply of raw material to textile sector
The government should provide adequate supply of raw material to textile sector to enable exporters to compete international market by meeting their export commitments. This was demanded by Chairman Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) Waseem Lateef in a statement issued here on Monday. He said recent increase in prices of polyester fiber by local manufacturers would aggravate problems by increasing the cost of production and making textile exports uncompetitive in the international markets. He said that short supply of polyester staple fiber coupled with its increased prices had been hitting hard the value added textile sector and local producers of polyester staple fiber were reportedly planning to further raise its price. He said that polyester staple fiber prices were already rising up as a result of Anti Dumping Duty on import of polyester staple fiber in Pakistan and recent increase was also the part of that wave. The PTEA chairman said Pakistan was already facing 30 to 40 percent shortage of cotton due to floods in the country. He said that Pakistani exporters had no option but to divert their production to alternate raw material of polyester fiber.
- Pakistan – Best use of spinning facility will boost textile exports
Pakistan can capture top position among textile competitors in the region with the best use of its world known spinning sector that has capability and potential to make the country leader in spinning yarn production. Abdul Shakoor Khatri, chairman of All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association told APP Saturday the country could take full advantage of cotton shortage in the regional and international markets by focusing on high value-adding textile products instead of exporting cotton and yarn. Our textile exports can rise to $15 billion in next two years from the present figure of $ 9 billion per annum by ensuring uninterrupted supply of gas, electricity and water at the affordable/supportive prices to the textile industry along with availability of standard infrastructure, matching incentives and facilities, he added. Khatri observed textile industry especially the processing mills were facing serious problems which need to be immediately addressed in the great national interest. The processing mills required urgent modernization including installation of modern looms and weaving machines. He urged the government to make finishing chemicals zero-rated. These chemicals are imported from the US, Europe and Japan and bear 15 percent custom duty. Similarly, he continued, another raw material named textile thickness being imported from India be placed on the free import list and be made duty-free. A big amount of foreign exchange can be saved by producing synthetic thickness at local level. Thousands tons of this raw textile material was being imported from Turkey and Europe every year, he mentioned. He called for provision of soft loans to local manufacturers of chemicals by State Bank of Pakistan to promote this important sector of the economy. He underlined the need for transfer of technology on know-how basis to make the country capable to cope with new economic challenges and increasing competition. He appreciated the government steps and policies to support cotton crop in the country and emphasized on proper education to growers and providing them pesticides at low rates to increase crops yield especially of the cotton.
- Value-added textiles can help exports tap $15bn – Chairman, APTPMA
“Pakistan can take advantage of cotton shortage in the global markets by concentrating on high value-added textile goods, instead of exporting raw cotton and yarn”, said, Mr Abdul Shakoor Khatri, Chairman – All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association (APTPMA). Speaking to fibre2fashion, Mr Khatri informed, “If the government ensures that the Pakistani textile sector receives uninterrupted supply of gas and electricity, exports from the sector can touch US $15 billion annually in next two years from $9 billion presently”. “This can be augmented by the federal government by providing standard infrastructure, facilities and matching incentives” he added. Transfer of latest technology can also help Pakistan meet rising competition, he emphasized. He recommended the government to levy zero-duty on finishing chemicals, since; these chemicals which are imported from Japan, Europe and US are levied 15 percent custom duty. Likewise, textile thickness, another raw material, imported from India should attract zero-duty. He was also of the opinion that, by manufacturing synthetic thickness, another raw material, domestically, huge savings on foreign exchange can be done. Loans on leaner terms too, could help the domestic manufacturers of chemicals, he noted.
- Government body urges withdrawal of anti-dumping duty on PSF
The Standing Committee on Textile and Industry of the National Assembly has put forward its suggestion to the Textile Ministry to lift the anti-dumping duty on Polyester Staple Fiber (PSF). It has urged the Textile Ministry to take necessary actions to control the hoarding of raw cotton as well as yarn.The Standing Committee has also suggested the Textile Ministry to implement a law in order to prevent the accumulation and hoarding of raw cotton and yarn for the growth of the textile sector.PSF is one of the most significant and extensively used fiber worldwide and its application is more than that of cotton. Earlier there were five PSF production plants in Pakistan with a joint manufacturing capacity of 639,000 tonnes. But the shutting down of the Dewan Salman, with a production capacity of 241,000 tonnes, has led to a fall in the manufacturing capacity of the plants. At present, the remaining four plants have a combined production capacity of 400,000 tonnes. After making a detailed analysis, the National Tariff Commission came up with the suggestion that a new tariff structure should be adopted for manufacturing plants. The new tariff for PTA plants should be 4% while for PSF plants, it should be 7%. The Ministry of Textile Industry has undertaken a thorough study of the same and after a comprehensive discussion with the stakeholders; it came up with the proposal that the tariff for PTA plants should be 3% and 6% for PSF plants. The Textile Ministry had convened a number of meetings with the manufacturers of PSF in order to discover the factors that led to the hike in the prices.On one hand, the PSF industry is of the opinion that the domestic prices should be similar to the global prices and on the other hand, the users of PSF believe that the anti-dumping measures taken against several Chinese firms has caused distortions in PSF prices for Pakistan.
- Pak govt may set cotton output targets at 15 mn bales
Pakistan government may set a cotton production target for the ensuing 2011- 12 crop season at 15 million bales. This was revealed by Agriculture Development commissioner (ADC) Inayatullah Khan at a three- day conference of Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC), he exhorted the scientific community to come up with varieties of BT cotton whose output meets quality and quantity demands of textile industry. The crops should be immune to diseases and should even survive drought conditions, he added.
- Punjab Govt to boost cotton acreage in non-conventional areas
In a bid to offer the farmers in the non-conventional areas a higher crop dividend, particularly when the cotton prices are touching record high levels, and to conserve the reducing ground water resources, the Punjab government has resolved to encourage cotton cultivation in those non-conventional areas of the State. The Punjab Agriculture Extension Department has been delegated with the responsibility to encourage the crop cultivators in Gujranwala, Sahiwal, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi to engage in cultivation of modern crop varieties which could survive the humid weather of these regions. At present, around 800,000 acres of land in the six regions is under cotton cultivation, a majority of which is in Sahiwal and Faisalabad. For the first phase of this cotton cultivation campaign, the government aims to raise the cotton cultivation acreage in the six regions by at least 30 percent, as over the previous year. Thus, it has decided to carry the present crop dividends even to the farmers in other climatic zones. Also, a one-day training programme for imparting training to the master trainers from all the non conventional areas was organized at Faisalabad’s Ayub Agricultural Research Institute (AARI). These master trainers will now carry forward this training to the extension agents, who would further carry forward this training to new, perceptive and potential cotton cultivators, particularly in the regions with good rains or adequate water supply, who can take on cotton cultivation in accordance with the latest production technology package.