karachi - Urgent steps are needed to safeguard confectionary industry as if government not took the serious measures thousands of workers will become jobless.

Chairman All Pakistan Confectionary Association Javaid Abdullah has said loadshedding and gas curtailment badly affected the industry while sharp increase in value of dollar against rupee disturbed the business activity.

Pakistani confectionary indirectly export to many countries of the world including America, England, UAE, Iran, Afghanistan, Maldives, South Africa and East African countries which can be more expanded if commercial attaché support the confectioners, he added.

He said the indirect export of confectionary is near to be billions of rupees it would be grow up if authorities support the confectioners and facilitate them in export. Same as Sialkot sports gods exporters, confectioners can export in 132 countries of the world and play their role in strengthening economy, he added.

Chairman said confectionary is a very good business which can start by very low investment like Rs 5,000 which becomes a good start for an entrepreneur and here we have a very good example that was set by famous confectioners of the country.

He said all the provinces of the country have large market of confectionary which exist across the border. In Sindh so many cities have major markets including Karachi, Hederabad, Mir Pur Khas, Dado, Larkana, Shadad Pur, Thatta, and Sajawal.

Punjab’s major stations are Sadiq Abad, Multan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwaal, Sheikhopura, Okara, Pindi, Chakwal, Jehlum, while main points of confectioners in KPK are Hari Pur, Mansahra, Abbot Abad, Sawat and Mangora.

Javaid said in Balochistan,  Hub, Windar, Khuzdar, Quetta, Chaman, Shiekh Manda, Makran, Pasni, Jewani, Ormara, Punjgor and Mund are the main cities for confectioners and can be extended across the border from Balochistan through local traders.  He said after the arrival of US Army in Afghanistan, the most profitable and demanded item bubblegum export to Central Asia is totally suspended.