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17-May-2017

Regional textile industry hit hard due to surge in the cost of production and increasing competition from international players. Fluctuations in cotton prices and poor quality cotton in the region have also made trade difficult for textile mills. Industry experts said despite a drop in cotton prices, textile mills don't benefit.

The textile market is in a depressive state. It is not competitive at an international level because countries like Bangladesh, Vietnam and Pakistan offer garments at cheaper rates, according to an owner of a textile mill.

Rising power costs, higher minimum wages and sluggish demand for garments from overseas buyers has dampened the market sentiment. Moreover, strong Indian currency has also affected sales of textile mills in the country.

Due to non-competitive prices and a surge in competition from rival competitors, the demand for garments from overseas markets has dropped.

Experts said that benefits given by governments in rival countries such as subsidies and economic power supply have made their products popular in the global market.

MC Rawat, secretary, Madhya Pradesh Textiles Mills Association said that textile industries in the region are reeling under the high pressure of increased labour wages and power costs making their products expensive against rival countries.

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