APTMA calls on fertilizer industry to change color of polyester bags
APTMA Chief Boss Gohar Ejaz wrote a letter to Pakistan’s leading fertilizer companies asking them to replace traditional white and clear polyester bags with colorful fluorescent bags for packaging fertilizer.
He argued that this measure would avoid the problem of heavy nylon contamination of Pakistani cotton, which impacts the quality of the yarn and, by extension, hinders Pakistan’s textile exports.
The letter came to light as APTMA took to Twitter to post the letter and press release regarding the issue.
In the letter, Mr. Gohar Ejaz addressed Fatima Fertilizer Company Ltd, Engro Fertilizer Company, Fauji Fertilizer Company Ltd and Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Ltd, explaining why this step is necessary for the improvement of Pakistan’s textile industry. .
Fertilizer manufacturers should refrain from using white polyester bags and instead use colorful fluorescent bags for fertilizer packaging: Chief Boss Gohar Ejaz@ Gohar_Ejaz1 pic.twitter.com/0ShixfGqpr
– Association of All Textile Mills in Pakistan (@APTMAofficial) July 3, 2021
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Why is this needed?
The press release mentioned that the polyester bags currently in use end up being used as shoulder bags for collecting plush cotton.
APTMA argues that due to the fact that the bags are white or transparent in color, the polyester yarns are mixed with cotton and are difficult to identify during the manufacturing process, which increases processing losses and decreases the quality of the yarns produced.
This poor quality cotton, in terms of physical properties, not only increases the cost of processing in the initial and intermediate stages, but also reduces the production and quality of the textiles, yarns, fabrics and garments produced.
Thus, by arranging the fertilizer bags in fluorescent color rather than white or transparent, the cotton industry would be aided in that the contamination can be easily identified and removed.
The press release mentions that the long-awaited cooperation of fertilizer manufacturers is essential to improve the quality and value of cotton for the benefit of farmers, the textile industry and the economy of the country.
Referring to other industries undergoing a similar practice, the APTMA document mentions that the grain markets and the sugar industry also use white or transparent bags in large quantities.
The long-term solution proposed by the association is the establishment of market commissions by the government to reflect on this issue, which would facilitate the application of the ban on white polyester bags.
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The press release finally called on the industry’s polyester bag makers to switch to fluorescent-colored bags.