30 May 2023, 19:48

BTMA urges garment makers to buy yarn from local market

DHAKA, May 30, 2023 (BSS) - Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) today 
urged the woven and knit garment makers to open back-to-back letters of 
credit (LCs) and buy yarn from the local market to reduce stockpiling of 
unsold yarn and save US dollar.

The textile millers also demanded the government for increasing the 
allocation from the Export Development Fund (EDF) to US$30 million from $20 
million to help them overcome the crisis caused by the unsold yarn.

Mohammad Ali Khokon, president of BTMA, today placed the demands at a press 
conference at the BTMA office in the city.

Fazlul Haque, vice president of the BTMA, and Syed Nurul Islam, director, 
were also present at the press conference.

Speaking at the press conference, Mohammad Ali Khokon said the fall in 
business was a result of gas shortage, a flood of illegally-imported clothes 
and complications in opening LCs by banks due to shrinking of the EDF.

The local market was worth $3 billion worth of yarn in general, which has now 
come down to $500 million, he mentioned.

He said this was because of clothes coming in through unchecked luggage from 
Pakistan and India. 

He expressed worries about whether they could even pay the Eid salaries of 
workers and utility bills in June. 

As a way out, Khokhon suggested ensuring loans for the sector that aren't 
classified due to failure of payment till June 2024. 


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