Kashmir entrepreneur eyes world market for his products


Srinagar, Nov 16: Making things was his ambition right from the days he was a child. In his early teens he would collect pieces of wax, melt them to make candles. Today Dr. J. A. Dar is founder of a successful manufacturing company giving direct employment to over 50 people in the Valley. And, his next step is to export his goods to every part of the world.
 Founder of J N Oil and Chemicals, Dr Dar has won number of appreciations from different quarters for his innovative mind and for founding a successful manufacturing company.
 Recently, the company has bagged a prestigious order from a Dubai-based firm. “Our samples have been passed and we are in the processing of exporting our cleaning and hygiene products to Dubai,” Dr Dar said.
 According to Dr. Dar, the Valley-based entrepreneurs are facing a number of problems that need immediate attention from the government. “Road connectivity is our first problem. We have just one road that connects us to the rest of the world. Our products go only in one direction,” he said.
 He added: “Kashmir is a hilly area. There is no rail connectivity. Climatic conditions are also not conducive for the industry. Then there is infrastructure deficit. All these things make our products uncompetitive in the market.”
 “The government should open other routes to Kashmir so that our products reach to the world market,” he said.
 Dr Dar said the industry in Kashmir does not need subsidies. “What we need is the best infrastructure and road connectivity. If government gives these two things to the entrepreneurs, they don’t need subsidies.”
 J N Oil and Chemicals, Dr Dar said, provides direct employment to 55 people. “Indirectly we have more than 500 people associated with us,” he said.
 Dr Dar has bagged several awards in India as well as abroad. “Wherever I go, whichever function I address, I impress only one thing that Kashmir has huge talent in its rich human resource, but what they lack is the infrastructure.”
 “Recently, I was at a special function at EDI, where the participants showcased their projects. I was amazed to see that many youth had come up with such brilliant ideas and projects. So there is no doubt about it that Kashmir has huge talent but what we need is the infrastructure,” he said.
 Pertinently, J N Oil and Chemicals is producing home care products, automobile care products and construction chemicals.
 The company has two units one each at industrial estate, Rangreth Budgam and Panzan Chadoora.
 The company’s home care products are used to maintain hygienic conditions in homes, hospitals, hotels, offices, etc. Its product range includes phenyls, polishes, cleaners, brake oil, coolant, etc.
 Its brands include Hatric, Rapidite, Techonyx, T-Clean, Techonyx, Mr. Hatric and Hycare.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 16 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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