Karachi: The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) has urged the Ministry of Commerce ( MINCOM) to allow export of jaggery to promote the traditional jaggery cottage industry employing many labourers.
President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver said the government has banned the export of jaggery (gur) although we have ample sugar cane and the jaggery makers mostly small and cottage industries are in turmoil as they are not getting orders from exporters who have lost international buyers.
The cottage industries connected with jaggery and the products made from jaggery have approached Unisame to convince MINCOM to reopen the export of jaggery. Many villagers are self employed and earning their living from making jaggery.
Presently it is being smuggled to neighbouring countries and the government is losing valuable foreign exchange and the smugglers are making money without any special benefit to the manufacturers.
Thaver said we fail to understand that when we have more than sufficient sugar cane then why the export of jaggery which is made from molasses is banned.
Many products made from jaggery could also be exported as there is demand from many countries for jaggery and products made from it.