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South Indian textile industry hit by the COVID pandemic

May 19, 2021
South Indian textile industry hit by the COVID pandemic

Tiruppur, Chennai

Despite being prepared for the second wave of the Covid 19 pandemic, the textile sector in Tamil Nadu has been adversely affected, especially when the export demand was high. Further, the textile hubs of Tiruppur and Coimbatore are worst affected.

According to Prabhu Damodharan, Convenor, Indian Texpreneurs Federation, Tiruppur has announced a complete lockdown of the units while the export units in the outskirts are still trying to operate with minimal staff. The units are following government protocols in the hope that the short-term pain will pave the way for long-term gains. He also said that the markets are experiencing a demand boom and the industry has informed the buyers that the lockdown is short-termed. Some big players have retained their migrant labourers; providing them with accommodation. They plan to get the workers vaccinated as well.

According to A Sakthivel, Chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), the infections in Tiruppur has increased but the exporters have taken the required measures to execute the orders. He also said that around 95% of workers have stayed back and are following protective measures. The association has also informed the parties about the short-term disruption in the workflow.

Source: The Hindu Business Line

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