ISLAMABAD - Textile sector had shown healthy export of 23 percent in July 2010 as against the corresponding period of the previous year, Federal Bureau of Statistics reported on Friday. According to the latest figures, exports of textile group were recorded at $ 986 million in July 2010 against $ 802 million in the same month of 2009 registering a handsome growth of 22.90 percent. The break-up of textile group shows that in the previous month (July), export of cotton cloth increased by 42.06 percent, yarn, 0.51 percent, knitwear, 13.20 percent, bed wear, 21.99 percent, towels, 17.48 percent, tents, 40.48 percent, and readymade garments, 32.69 percent, art silk and synthetic textile, 40.39 percent, made up articles, 32.31 percent, and other textile materials, 58.26 percent. However, the export of raw cotton decreased by 78.33 percent, cotton yarn declined by 1.70 percent and cotton (corded) by 87.76 percent in the month of July. It is worth mentioning here that country might face cotton crisis in near future, as flash floods damaged the cotton crop at massive level. It is feared that Government would not able to meet the annual production target of cotton production set for the ongoing fiscal year and would import huge quantity of commodity to meet the domestic shortage. Meanwhile, details of the traditional products showed that export of food group went down by 41.32 percent. Among these exports, rice was down by 63.45 percent in July, which was $293 million as against $ 207 million in July 2009. In the rice group, the export of Basmati went down by 36.20 percent and of other items (in the rice group) by 89.29 percent. Similarly fish exports went up by 89 percent, fruits, 120.21 percent, vegetables exports decreased by one percent, pulses, 69 percent, wheat export down by 46.60 percent, spices went down by 100 percent, oil seeds nuts and kernels decreased by 6.20 percent, and meat export enhance by 65.51 percent. On the other hand, according to the data, the import of machinery group went up by 4.73 percent in July 2010 over the same period of the last year. The break up of machinery group revealed that imports of power generating machinery enhanced by 62.45 percent in July 2010. The import of transport sector also showed growth of 19.17 percent in the period under review. In the transport group, import of road motor vehicles went up by 48.67 percent, CBU by 33.82 percent, buses, trucks and other heavy vehicles went down by 17.03 percent, motor cycles by 100pc and motorcars by 53.65pc in the period under review.