A call for immediate measures to halt and regulate the use of computerised multi-head embroidery machines has been made by the Bangladesh Embroidery Manufacturers & Exporters Association.

The BEMEA has asked the government to support its demand in order to protect the sector from the ongoing economic recession.

In a statement, Major Ekram U Siddique (Rtd), president of BEMEA, said that value-added embroidery work now accounts for 5 per cent of the country's exports, compared with 15-25 per cent in the past. He added that around two lakh workers are now facing unemployment because of a decline in orders for embroidered goods.

According to BEMEA, there are around 1000 computerised multi-head embroidery machines in 210 factories in Dhaka and Chittagong.

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