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Sri Lanka to increase rural garment production in five years


The Sri Lankan government aims to increase garment production in rural areas in the next five years. The plans are to launch a program that will recruit 10,000 people for producing handloom textiles. It also plans to set up 200 villages and provide equipment for this purpose. Sri Lanka will also restrict its textile and readymade garment imports, and raise import tax on textiles. The government plans to revise the Rs 100 per kilo tax imposed on imported cloth and increase it to Rs 185 ($1).

Another plan is to modernize small handloom textile schools and encourage students to turn entrepreneurs. The government also aims to stop import of readymade garments to Sri Lanka in future and to manufacture more in the country. It plans to hoist a national flag made in Sri Lanka in every home on February 4, 2021, and use Buddhist flags made from local raw materials for the Vesak festival.


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