Gran­ite, Mar­ble ex­ports down by 10pc Sec­tor needs ad­e­quate heed to boost ex­ports

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH -

Cur­rency Sell­ing Buy­ing IS­LAM­ABAD—Tech­no­log­i­cal back­ward­ness and blast­ing tech­nique of min­ing have re­sulted in re­duc­ing ex­ports of gran­ite/mar­ble to around 10 per­cent of Pak­istan’s to­tal pro­duc­tion of the stone.

Due to blast­ing tech­nique min­ing 85 per cent of ma­te­rial wasted.

Sources at In­dus­tries and Pro­duc­tion Di­vi­sion on Sun­day said ex­act pro­duc­tion sta­tis­tics of mar­ble and gran­ite may be ob­tained from Pro­vin­cial Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Mines and Min­er­als. How­ever, es­ti­mated an­nual pro­duc­tion of mar­ble and gran­ite is 5 mil­lion tons.

The de­tailed eval­u­a­tion of the mar­ble and gran­ite re­serves of the coun­try has not con­ducted yet by any pro­vin­cial/fed­eral de­part­ment, how­ever, as per in­dica­tive es­ti­mates, Pak­istan have over 30 bil­lion tons of mar­ble and gran­ite re­serves.

Giv­ing rea­sons of ex­port­ing less of is than 10 % of the to­tal pro­duc­tion, the sources said the pro­cess­ing in­dus­try lacks in pro­duc­tion of qual­ity goods as there are only few fac­to­ries in the coun­try which can process ma­te­rial on in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

The sources said more than 1200 quar­ries are op­er­at­ing in coun­try for pro­duc­tion of mar­ble and gran­ite blocks, how­ever 95 per cent quar­ries are us­ing blast­ing tech­nique of min­ing and added due to blast­ing tech­nique of min­ing 85 per cent of the ma­te­rial is wasted. Blasted ma­te­rial is not ac­cept­able in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

The sources said in­vestors are also re­luc­tant to in­vest in pro­cess­ing in­dus­try as suf­fi­cient stan­dard of qual­ity raw ma­te­rial is not avail­able to the pro­cess­ing in­dus­try while due to min­ing by blast­ing our mine owner are un­able to meet in­ter­na­tional or­ders as pro­duc­tion fore­cast­ing is not pos­si­ble in blast­ing method of min­ing.

The sources said one of the ma­jor rea­son of low ex­port is that most of the ma­te­rial is be­ing ex­ported in raw form due to non-avail­abil­ity of suf­fi­cient pro­cess­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties to the in­dus­try.

The in­dus­try is also suf­fer­ing from the power short­age like other in­dus­tries, it is also one of the rea­sons that most of ma­te­rial is ex­ported in raw form.

More­over, the sources said Mech­a­nized Quar­ry­ing ma­chin­ery is not man­u­fac­tured lo­cally. Hence cost of mech­a­nized min­ing project is much higher.

The sec­tor is also fac­ing ac­cess to fi­nance is­sues as not many fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions are ex­tend­ing credit fa­cil­ity to the min­ing sec­tor, pro­cess­ing ma­chin­ery is not man­u­fac­tured lo­cally while lack of skilled work­force to use lat­est tech­nol­ogy.—APP

IS­LAM­ABAD: Aus­trian com­pany OMV (Pak­istan) Ex­plo­ration GmbH, hosted an event of com­plet­ing 25 years of busi­ness success in Pak­istan. Dr Brigit Blaha, Aus­trian Am­bas­sador, Pak­istan’s Fed­eral Min­is­ter of Pe­tro­leum and Natural Re­sources, Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi, high-level Aus­trian del­e­ga­tion from OMV at cake cut­ting cer­e­mony.

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