These manufacturers claim to be behind the foundry industries in Batala, Agra and Ahmedabad in terms of market presence and variety of products.
There are over 50 units in the industry that manufacture chaff cutters and cane crushers, among other products. Nearly 70% of the industry’s total income comes from the sale of chaff cutters. The industry employs over 1,200 people, and earns nearly Rs. 100 crore as collective annual turnover.
The industry sells its products in almost all North Indian states, but has not yet entered the markets in other states.
“The units in the industry do not use machinery for production, and depend upon workers for the same. The labourers, too, demand high wages, and the rate of labour turnover is also quite high,” says Ganpat Mittal, Vice President, Samalkha Industrial Association.
“We cannot afford investing in machinery, as they are too costly to install. We do not apply for loans, as there is a long procedure involved, and a lot of formalities are required to get aloan sanctioned,” he says.
“Nationalised banks and the state government should make the procedures of these schemes simple, so that manufactures are able to take benefit from them,” he adds.
“There is nobody to guide us about the choice of raw material and the use of modern technology. Most small manufacturers use poor-quality raw materials. They prefer to use untested raw material, so that production gets cheaper. There should be awareness camps to make people aware about good-quality products, proper packaging, and the trends prevailing in the national and international markets,” says Shree Prakash Basal, President, Samalkha Industrial Association.
"There is a dire need to launch awareness camps in association with large industrialists, to create awareness among the micro and small units, if the state government does not initiate efforts in this direction", he says.