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Processing Of Pashmina starts in Nepal2014-01-13 06:01:20


Processing of Pashmina wools is now being done in the country. Even through Pashmina products are one of the main exportable items, the raw materials in not produced locally and has imported so far.
 
Byabasayik Krishi Sahakari, an agricultural cooperative, has recently started processing the wool collected from goats known as chyangra which dwell in the high hills in Mustang district, It is the first company to process pashmina wool. 
Jyoti Prasad Adhikari, chairman of the cooperative, said they import a Chinese machine at a cost of RS 1.5 million and installed it at their factory in Baluwater. The processing plant has capacity of producing 600-700 kg of quality wool per hour.
 
“WE have collected 600-700 kg of Pashmina wool from the local people of Mustang as a start,” he added. The company coordinating with farmers in Mustang and Upper Mustang for a regular supply of raw wool, he added.
 
Adhikari said that they had targeted utilizing the wool of Chyangras and yaks that were either going to waste of being bought by Chinese traders at cheap prices. Pashmina is one of Nepal’s biggest exportable items. According to the Trade export promotion centre, the nation exported pashmina products worth 2.17 billion in 2012-13. Nepal has been depending mostly on China for the raw material used to make pashmina products.
 
A study report of the International Trade centre, a subsidiary of the world Trade Organization, shows that there are around 300,000 chyangras being reared in the high hilly areas including Mustang, Huma, Mugu and Dolpa districts. As per the study, 55,000 chyangras are being raised in Mustang district alone An estimated 8 tons of pashmina wool can be produced out of them annually.

Puspa Man Shrestha, president of the Nepal pashmina industries association, said processing Pashmina wool locally could help to reduce prices of quality pashmina yarn.

According to him, an estimated 100 tons of pashmina wool and Yak wool are imported from China annually. The imported pashmina yarn costs RS 14,000 to 15,000 per kg. “if the rawmeterial is produced domestically, the cost can be reduced by half almost. Ensuring greater competitiveness of Nepali pashmina in the international markets

The Pashmina is the major gift items of travelers to Nepal as they look around Thamel to buy gifts for their friends before departure from Kathmandu. 

Source: ekantipur.com,  JAN, 2014

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