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Hand-made footwear factories stagnate in Sar-i-Pul

Hand-made footwear factories stagnate in Sar-i-Pul

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Jun 30, 2019 - 18:15

SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): A number of people who have been running  footwear factories for about two decades in northern Sar-i-Pul province say their business has stagnated due to people’s poor economic condition and import of shoes from China.

These people run their show making factories in the provincial capital Sar-i-Pul and import raw materials from Pakistaninfo-icon and animal skin from Faryab province. They say their products are sold in the capital and districts of Sar-i-Pul province.

They told Pajhwok Afghan News that they lost many customers for their hand-made products during the past two years.

Faiz Mohammad, one of the shoe-making factory owners in Sar-i-Pul, told Pajhwok that the ongoing war and high imports of footwear from China had badly affected their business.

He said the war affected people’s economy who now rarely visited Sar-i-Pul city for shopping due amid security problems.

High imports of footwear from China and their availability in different designs was another reason people chose foreign product instead of domestic ones, he said.

Mohammad said footwear produced by hand in the country had much better quality than Chinese products.

He recalled they would sell up to 50 pairs of shoes a day about two years ago when the security situation was better and Chinese products were not imported, but now their sales had reduced to less than 10 pairs.

Five other people, who also have similar factories in Sar-i-Pul, held similar complaints and asked the government to support domestic industry and help its promotion.

Hashmatullah, a civil societyinfo-icon activist in Sar-i-Pul, acknowledged depression of local footwear factories and accused the government of negligence in this regard.

Meanwhile, Ramazan Ali Hussaini, head of labor and social affairs department of Sar-i-Pul, expressed concern about the local factories situation and said soon a labor council would be created for supporting domestic manufacturers.

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