Pakistan’s Economic Survey 2021-22 reveals that the textile industry expanded by 3.2 per cent during July-March in fiscal year 2021-22, compared to 8 per cent in the same period last year, demonstrating a considerable setback in progress.

The poundage of the textile sector has declined from 20.9 to 18.16 per cent in QIM 2015-16, but it remains the highest among all LSM sectors, according to Brecorder.

Woolen segment production grew the most, with a 38.9 per cent increase in blankets, a 27.9 per cent increase in woollen and carpet yarn, and a 19.1 per cent increase in woollen worsted cloth. Yarn and cloth production increased by 0.7 per cent and 0.3 per cent, respectively.


Congruent production units, invariant capacity and elevated cotton prices owing to demand and supply gap disruptions have moderated the growth momentum of the cotton sector, stated the Economic Survey 2021-22 document, unveiled by Finance Minister Miftah Ismail.

“Depreciation of PKR restrained the production of jute, as most of the raw material is imported from Bangladesh. However, surge in imports of textile machinery, rising demand for concessionary financing from textile firms and high exports of this sector showing a sizable improvement in the textile sector,” it added.

With a weight of 6.08 in the LSM, wearing garments has been detached from the textile sector. It grew by 34 per cent compared to 35.6 per cent compression.

The sector has been growing traction both locally and internationally, with garment production increasing by 34 per cent during the time frame. Garment exports have also increased by 33.9 per cent in aspects of volume.

Textile is Pakistan’s most valuable manufacturing sector, with the widest production chain and intrinsic value addition ability at each point of the process, from cotton to ginning, spinning, fabric, dyeing and printing, made-ups and garments.

This sector accounts for well almost one-fourth of industrial value addition and employs approximately 40 per cent of the industrial workforce. Textile products have maintained an average share of about 61.24 per cent in national exports, excluding seasonal volatility.

In the meantime, knitwear exports decreased by 4.8 per cent in quantity while increasing by 34.1 per cent in value during the period under review. Towel exports totaled $819.6 million, up from $692.1 million, representing an increase of 18.4 per cent in value and 5.1 per cent in quantity.

The ready-made garment industry has surfaced as a crucial small-scale industry in Pakistan, and it is a good source of providing employment opportunities to many people with a very low capital investment. Exports increased by 33.9 per cent in quantity and 26.2 per cent in value from 27.8 million dozen to 37.3 million dozen worth $2.8 billion, up from $2.27 billion in the same period last year.

Meanwhile, Pakistan exported synthetic textile fabrics worth $343.59 million in comparison to $269.20 million in the same period last year, representing a 27.6 per cent increase. In terms of volume, synthetic textile exports fell by 33.6 per cent.

The ceremony was also attended by Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives, Khurram Dastgir, Federal Minister of Power, and Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Minister of State for Finance and Revenue.

Furthermore, the survey underscored the key features of the government’s policies aimed at restoring macroeconomic stability and putting the economy on a growth path. Addressing the launch event, Miftah Ismail stated that the government has avoided a default due to the difficult decisions made by the current administration. He said that the country is now on the path of stability.