Matches are about to double in price after 14 years. From December 1, 2021, you will have to spend Rs 2 instead of Rs 1 for a box of matches. The last time the price of matches was increased from 50 paise to Re 1 in 2007. The reason for the increase in prices is the increase in the cost of raw material used to make matches. Representatives of 5 major matchbox industry bodies had a meeting recently in Sivakasi in which it was decided to increase the MRP of matches.
increase in raw material prices
Manufacturers said that 14 types of raw materials are used to make matches. The price of one kg of red phosphorus has increased from Rs 425 to Rs 810. Wax is also available for Rs 80 instead of Rs 58. The cost of Outer Box Board has gone up from Rs 36 to Rs 55 and Inner Box Board from Rs 32 to Rs 58.
The prices of box boards, paper, splints, potassium chlorate and sulphur have gone up since October 10. Besides these, the hike in fuel prices has increased the cost of transport. All these things have forced the matchbox industry to increase the price.
Employment to 4 lakh people from this industry
In Tamil Nadu, about 4 lakh people get employment from this industry. Of these, 3 lakh people are directly associated with the industry and 1 lakh people are indirectly associated with the industry. More than 90% of the direct employees are women. Matchmakers are paid based on their ability to make boxes. Women get Rs 240 to 280 per day and Rs 300 to Rs 350 for men.
However, many people are showing interest in working under MGNREGA as they are paid more there. In such a situation, the industry expects to attract a more stable workforce by paying better.
Tamil Nadu at the forefront of production
Tamil Nadu produces the highest number of matches in the country. Matches manufacturing centers are located at Sivakasi, Virudhunagar, Gudiyatham and Tirunelveli.