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