• Wednesday, Sep 23, 2020
  • Last Update : 01:36 am

Covid-19: Textile mills in Narsingdi making a comeback

  • Published at 06:20 pm September 15th, 2020
web-narsingdi-textiles-mills
Around 80% of the mills reopened in July and are currently running at full capacity Dhaka Tribune

A total of 5,000 small, medium, and large scale industries in the district that produce yarn and fabrics for the local market had shut down at the onset of Covid-19 outbreak in March

After months of hiatus brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of local industries including textiles and dyeing in Narsingdi have slowly started reopening.

The region, specifically Sadar and Raipura upazila, is famous for producing different sarees of artistic and aesthetic designs including Jamdani, Katan and Bruket. Different lungi, sarees, bedsheets, napkins, towels and mosquito nets are also made here.

The main areas where production takes places include Rasulpur, Karimpur, Jitrampur, Algi, Chawla, Hajipur, Satirpara, Bhagdi, Patchdona, and Madobdee. 

A total of 5,000 small, medium, and large scale industries in the district that produce yarn and fabrics for the local market were declared closed at the onset of Covid-19 outbreak in March. 

Around 80% of the mills reopened in July and are currently running at full capacity.

Demand for local textiles has been increasing as the invasion of cheaper alternatives from India, Pakistan and China stopped after borders with the neighbouring country were closed due to Covid-19, said the local businessmen.

This correspondent recently visited the district’s Sheikhchar (Baburhat), locally known as “Manchester of the East” by the weavers here and spoke to several people involved in their ancestral profession.

Local traders and businessmen said they were deprived of governments' bailout packages.

Rasidul Hasan Mintu, director of Molla Spinning Mills, said: “Activities in small, medium, and large scale mills including textiles, dyeing, printing, finishing and weaving mills have resumed. Many mills have gone into production at full capacity. Moreover, the demand for yarn has also increased.”

Narsingdi Dyeing and Printing Association’s President Aftab Uddin Bhuiyan said: “The demand for different kinds of fabrics including poline, voile, and printing has increased. We did not get any incentives from the government despite the fact that we cover almost 70% of the demand for the country's fabrics.”

“Around 60% of the country’s textile industries have reopened. But it will take time to reopen the rest. Many banks are reluctant while many industries’ owners do not have proper documents. For this reason, some problems have erupted in getting the government's bailout,” said Ali Hossain Shishir, president of Narsingdi Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

Abdullah Al Mamun, vice president of Bangladesh Textiles Mills Association (BTMA) and the president of Narsingdi Chamber of Commerce and Industries, said:  “The local textile industries were going through recession due to coronavirus. They are now trying to bounce back. Besides, demands for local cloths have increased as the smuggling of fabrics and clothes from different neighbouring countries including China and India has come to halt due to Covid-19. I am urging the government to ensure that these are not smuggled in future.”

51
51
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail