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Surat textile units adversely hit by Covid 19 pandemic

Apr 23, 2021
Surat textile units adversely hit by Covid 19 pandemic

Ahmedabad, Gujarat

The pandemic-hit textile industry in Surat is reeling under the workforce migration issues and restrictions imposed due to the COVID situation. According to the Federation of Gujarat Weavers Association (FOGWA), in Surat, the migration of 25% of the work force and the curfew timings have adversely affected the textile business resulting in a 22% fall in fabric production as compared to last year.

The cancellation or postponement of wedding celebrations and market shutdowns in states such as Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are adding to the woes of textile businesses.

Surat has 65,000 textile trading shops located across 175 textile trading markets. These markets employ millions of workers for folding, packing and selling textiles. While the textile business regained momentum between November 2020 and March 2021, now the situation is looking grim with many traders and employees testing COVID positive due to the second wave.

Hoping to keep the markets functional as long as possible, the Federation of Surat Textile Traders Association (FOSTTA) has decided to keep shops open even on weekends. However, the association also wrote to the Gujarat chief minister suggesting a complete lockdown in Surat.


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