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‘Domestic industry in dire need of govt’s backing’

‘Domestic industry in dire need of govt’s backing’

Dec 06, 2017 - 22:22

KABUL (Pajhwok): The owner of a Kabul-based bandage manufacturing factory, known as ‘Tota,’ has urged capitalists to invest in bandage production because his factory meets only 10 percent of the strip’s demand.

Addressing entrepreneurs, Younus Wiyar in an interview with Pajhwok Afghan News said: “Foreigners who injure us also send us ointment, so let’s ourselves make ointment.”

Wiyar said he established his factory about three years back with the aim to help reduce dependency on foreign goods.

With a total $800,000 investment, the factory is operating in Kart-i-Naw area east of Kabul City and has 37 different sectors of processing, production, packaging and others where nearly 50 people work.

The bandage produced in the factory has 93 percent pure cotton, Wiyar said, adding bandages imported from abroad were either made of 50 percent yarn or 100 percent plastic, which were not beneficial to health.

He said his factory in addition to bandage would also manufacture other medical dressings such as gauze, gauze bandage, and gauze pads.

According to him, currently all bandages used in the country’s hospitals were imported from Pakistan, India, China and Iran.

He said his factory had sales agencies in Kunar, Nangarhar, Logar, Paktia, Khost and Ghazni provinces and he was mulling over expanding the agencies in the whole of the country.

Wiyar said talks were ongoing with different ministries over signing contracts with them. “But so far we have been unable to elicit the required result.”

By obtaining contracts from the ministries of defense, interior, and public health, the factory could to boost its production.

He said backing the private sector was President Ashraf Ghani’s election slogan, but so far the government had extended no support to the sector.

He said the private sector was facing serious issues and if the government didn’t assist local industries, they would undoubtedly not develop and would go bankrupt.

Wiyar cited factories’ lack of access to continuous power, lack of land, excessive rents and others as main issues facing Afghan investors. He asked the Afghan people to prefer buying local products instead of foreign goods.

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