As the Taliban announce a new government in Afghanistan, Ludhiana’s sewing machine industry takes a hit

Ludhiana: The sewing machine industry in Ludhiana is expected to be affected as exports have been stopped to Afghanistan due to the ongoing crisis and regime change. During an interview with ANI on Wednesday, Jagjit Singh Sokhi, Chairman of Sewing Machines Industries, Ludhiana, expressed fears of impending losses due to the Afghan crisis.

He said that every year, 1.5 lakh of sewing machines, 5-6 lakh of spare parts were sent to Afghanistan and Rs. 150-200 crore was earned every year from the business. But now the industry was on the verge of losing due to regime change.

“The Afghan crisis is a blow for us, especially after the Covid. Afghanistan takes a lot of our machines, they are delivered in bulk to Afghanistan. We expect a drop of 40% in our trade. made either by Pakistan, Dubai or directly in Afghanistan. The crisis in Afghanistan has affected the industry even more,” said Sokhi.

Jagjit Singh Sokhi, President of Sewing Machines Industries

Jagjit Singh Sokhi, President of Sewing Machines Industries | ANI

He pointed out that the sewing machine industry started in Ludhiana in 1942.

“The machines produced here are famous for their quality. Apart from being sold in the domestic market, they are exported to the Middle East, several Islamic countries too because embroidery is very popular in these countries. There are 6000 units , big and small in Ludhiana and the turnover is around Rs 1,200-1,500 crore,” he said.

Samandeep Singh, another industrialist, said: “Our family has been in this business for 50 years. 70% of our exports go to Afghanistan. But this electricity crisis has had an impact on our activities. Exports have ceased for the past two months. existing orders, payments have stopped. Production has been reduced by 50%. The future does not look good.

“It is labour-oriented work. We will have to stop our work. Labor will be unemployed. The government must think about it,” Samandeep said.

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