The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies has reported a sharp decrease in the operation of the industries in Nepal during the government imposed lockdown period
As the ongoing lockdown continues, production capacity has sharply decreased in the country, painting a bleak picture of the industrial output.
In a report released on Saturday by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, operation of the industries in the country has shrunk compared to the early days of the lockdown order. In the early days of the lockdown, 49 to 51 per cent of the industries were in operation nationwide, Ministry’s Spokesperson Prakash Dahal said. He said that about 49 per cent of the industries were run during the first 30 days of the lockdown in five major industrial corridors --Attariya-Dhangadhi Industrial Corridor; Nepalgunj-Kohalpur Industrial Corridor; Butwal-Belhiya Industrial Corridor; Pathaliya-Birgunj Industrial Corridor and Itahari-Biratnagar Industrial Corridor. During the period, only 150 industries out of 597 industries producing highly-essential goods continued their productions.
Prior to lockdown, industries had employed 5,190 workers but after a month only 1,602 workers were left employed. Likewise, 51 per cent of such industries were run from April 25 to May 13. A total of 349 industries were run to produce highly-essential goods till May 13 but the number of such industries decreased to 338 by June 2.
Companies producing oxygen cylinders and LP gas which were run in the full capacity during mid-May to mid-April are still running at the same scale but operation of all other industries has shrunk, the Ministry said. Currently, biscuit and noodles industries are run at 60 per cent of their capacity while factories preparing beaten rice, pulses, flour and cooking oil are run at 55 per cent and dairy industries at 60 per cent. The stock of sugar has also been reduced to 40,000 metric tonnes, it is said.
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