There are over 3,500 small and micro units in the industry, manufacturing tennis balls, cricket goods, basketballs, sportswear, athletic equipment and boxing goods, among other products.
“This is a huge industry, where over 7,000 people are earning their livelihood. The industry has a collective annual turnover over Rs. 20 crore,” said Jagdish Kumar, a manufacturer.
“This is one of the most popular industries in the country, also exporting to several western countries like USA, UK and other parts of Europe,” he said.
“ The import of Chinese sports goods is adversely affecting this industry. The local traders import Chinese sports goods for their low prices and high quality, which has affected sales as well as exports of our locally made products,” he said.
“There are several reasons for the preference of Chinese goods over our products,” stated Prashant Kumar, another manufacturer.
“The industry also faces several other problems. For instance, raw materials like bamboo sticks are not easily available, leading to higher prices of goods. Even the tools required for production in this industry are very costly, so many manufacturers still use old technology to manufacture their products,” stated Kumar.
“The government should either impose a ban on the import of Chinese sports goods or levy tax on their import,” he said.