New Delhi: Labour shortage and high raw material prices have led to sharp fall in the business of kite manufacturers in Delhi, a survey by Assocham said on Monday.
    
Majority of the 150 respondents, who participated in the survey, said there has been an increase of about 25-30 percent in the prices of raw materials like paper, string, colour powder and sticks.
    
"There has been a sharp decline of over 50 percent in the business at kite shops," it said, adding sales are going down and bulk orders are drying up.
    
Over half of the respondents in Delhi's walled city area, which is known for its big kite markets, said there is a gloomy scenario in the market.
    
The industry body said the sector employs over 70,000 artisans and seasonal workers and does a brisk business during Makar Sankranti and during Independence Day.
    
Kite flying festivals are organised across various states like Gujarat and Rajasthan.
    
The survey claimed that the industry size is about Rs 1,200 crore in the country.

(Agencies)

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