ISLAMABAD - The government has failed to honour its commitment made in the recently announced textile policy to exempt textile sector from loadshedding and the textile industry is still facing long hours loadshedding, office-bearers of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) told TheNation on Friday. The APTMA sources said that the government had not issued SRO to declare the textile industrys exemption from loadshedding and it is still facing six to eight hours power outage each day. They further said that if the government did not issue the SRO immediately, the target of textile exports of $ 25 billion in next five years, set in the textile policy, would not achieved. The government had said in the textile policy, It is declared that textiles industry will be exempted from loadshedding and it will enjoy the same priority in gas allocation as given to the fertilizer sector. The textile sector, which accounts for 54 per cent of the countrys total exports, has been facing a critical situation for the last two years. Due to consistent power outages in the country, the export of textiles has declined from $ 10.6 billion of 2007-08 to $ 9.6 billion in 2008-09 while it was around $ 11 billion in 2006-07. The sources also said that the loadshedding has resulted in low production and made the industry unable to meet the targets of the foreign buyers. Now the foreign buyers are dealing with textile industry of the other countries as we could not meet their targets in time, one of the office-bearers added. A textile mill owner told TheNation that if the government could not live up to its promises, why had it made such commitments. He also said the exports target of $ 25 billion within 5 years could be achieved if the uninterrupted power supply was not provided to the industry. Federal Minister for Textile Industry Rana Farooq Saeed Khan could not be contacted for comment despite several attempts by TheNation.