Textile production has decreased in India’s textile city of Surat due to the onset of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to various associations. Restriction of working hours, migration of workers, and textile traders testing positive are among the factors adversely affecting textile production and trade in manmade textile hub.
Fabric production has currently declined by around 22 percent compared to March 2021, according to FOGWA.
The textile business in Surat has also been affected due to lockdown and curfew in other states.
The decrease in trade volumes is reflected in the number of trucks carrying textile parcels from Surat to other parts of the country. Compared to the usual 350-400 trucks carrying around 150 to 170 parcels each, the number of trucks moving out of the city has come down to only 70, Surat Mercantile Association president Narendra Saboo said.
There are 175 textile trading markets in Surat, which employ lakhs of workers.