Owners and senior managers in India's apparel industry are today (19 November) taking strike action against the spiralling cost of cotton yarns in a bid to make the Government restrict exports.

A spokesperson for the country's Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) confirmed to just-style that garment manufacturers and power loom operators across the country were halting production for a day.

AEPC is calling for immediate Government intervention to limit cotton yarn exports in a bid to reduce yarn prices and ensure more is available to local manufacturers.

"The Government is pretty much aware of the situation and we are hopeful something will happen [to yarn export restrictions] in the next couple of days," AEPC chairman Premal Udani told just-style.

Some of India's leading textile exporters, including Gokaldas Exports, Alok Industries and Arvind Mills, have opted out of taking part in the strike, but are said to support the protest.

The country already restricts the export of raw cotton, and AEPC Committee members will meet State Government Officials to discuss the cotton yarn issue during today's protests.