There are over 150 units in the Nadia brassware industry, employing about 640 workers. The industry has a collective annual turnover of about Rs. 50 lakh.
This industry manufactures products like decorative and household items, idols and hinges, among other things.
“The industry is suffering from lack of finance, which has been adversely affecting productivity, innovation and quality of products. As a result, these units have not been able to enter international markets,” said Sharabhbhai, one of the manufacturers.
“We are not doing well on the export front. We do not have the exposure necessary for the export of our products to other countries,” he said.
“The state government should provide financial help to the manufacturers, to enable them to make products of better quality. It should also arrange for a platform that can be used for export of products,” said Proneet Kumar, another manufacturer.
“The items produced here are in highly demand, and we just need a little support from the government and nationalized agencies to enable us to export our products. The latter could provide loans at subsidized rates of interest,” he said.
“There should also be a testing centre to test the products, ensuring that they are of high quality,” he said.