Punjab Plywood prices hike by 7 %
Jul 15 2010 7:11PM
Punjab Plywood Manufacturers Association (PPMA) has raised prices of plywood and board by 7 per cent in the state following the surge in input costs. "The input prices primarily of wood has gone up by 25 to 35 per cent in last four months, has forced us to raise the prices of plywood and board by seven per cent with immediate effect in the State," Punjab Plywood Manufacturers Association (PPMA) official said. According to plywood makers, the rates of wood made of eucalyptus and poplar trees have shot up considerably in the past few months because of shortage. "Rates of eucalyptus wood have jumped up to 30%, while prices of poplar tree has increased up to 25%," they said.
The industry urged the State government to encourage farmers to grow more trees of eucalyptus and poplar in order to control the rising prices of wood. Punjab manufacturers have also blamed the illegal diversion of wood to neighbouring states of Haryana, by unscrupulous dealers through tax evasion. "If the state excise and taxation department keep a strict check on borders, then this illegal supply of wood to other states can be restricted to a great extent," General Secretary of PPMA said. Punjab has about 165 plywood manufacturers operating at various locations, including Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahar.